Estimates predict a 14% drop for the French crop

Wednesday October 16 2019 by Vitisphere

Overall, “production has been revised downwards since August due to the worsening effects of the drought”, said Agreste.Overall, “production has been revised downwards since August due to the worsening effects of the drought”, said Agreste. - Photo credit : Jodie Morgan

The drop in French wine production is likely to reach 14% in 2019, widening the gap with 2018 according to the latest estimate by the statistical services of the Ministry of Agriculture (Agreste). On October 1st, experts forecast a crop of 42.2 million hectolitres of wine this year, compared with estimates of 43.4 million hl in August and 44.6 million hl in July. Although this year’s harvest has not dropped to the all-time low in 2017 (36.7 million hl due to the effects of frost), 2019 output is well below the five-year average (45.3 million hl), as illustrated in the graphics below.

Small berries

Although rainfall at the end of the summer increased yields locally (for example in Aude), the vintage is generally marked by small berries. This year, “localised spring frosts [Cognac, Jura, Mâcon, Loire Valley], shatter and shot berries (particularly on the western side of the country, but also in Alsace...], then the heat wave [scorching in Champagne] and the summer drought [scorching and larger production losses in Gard, Hérault and Var, along with Ardèche, Corsica, Gers...] have all contributed to the drop in production”, pointed out Agreste, which also mentioned localised hail storms (Chalon, Cognac, Beaujolais, South-West...).

 

 

 

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