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Hail strikes several vineyards in the South of France on the eve of harvesting

By Vitisphere September 02, 2022
Hail strikes several vineyards in the South of France on the eve of harvesting
A bunch of Malbec grapes at Sylvain Aubry’s estate - crédit photo : Lucie Domert
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he long-awaited storms that growers had hoped would offer some relief for their parched soils unfortunately brought hail in some parts of Southern France on August 16. The Gers area in the South-West, which was already badly affected by significant hailstorms at the beginning of June, seems once again to have borne the major brunt of the damage. The northern part of the department was affected.

Farther East, in the foothills of the Montagne noire, between Aude and Hérault, hail was also reported.

Around Faugères, some hailstones apparently fell with torrential rain but did not cause any damage. In the southern part of the Gard department, around Aigues-Mortes and Bellegarde, “some Syrah that will have to be harvested earlier than planned” was affected, according to ICV consultant Bernard Genevet. 

Hail also fell farther East, in the Hyères and Brignoles areas of Var. Similarly, Chateauneuf-du-Pape witnessed a massive thunderstorm “causing damage in the centre-south of the appellation, with some vineyards suffering 100% damage and no longer suitable for harvesting”.

 

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