French wine production is expected to fall to 45-year low due to spring frost and summer late blight attacks, the Agriculture Ministry said.
Almost all of the French wine-growing areas suffered several consecutive nights of frost in the first half of April, when the vines had already started to bud due to a mild winter. Farmers had tried to save their vines with braziers, candles or other techniques, but all their efforts were often in vain. The "biggest agronomic disaster of the beginning of the century", the French Minister of Agriculture announced.
What’s even worse is that the wine harvest will probably be also infected by vine diseases such as powdery mildew and mildew, favored by the rainy summer weather. This is in line with the estimates put forward in April by the wine industry. "Wine production in 2021 is expected to be historically low, lower than those of 1991 and 2017, also affected by a severe frost in spring," noted Agreste. "For now, the yield would be close to that of 1977, the year when the wine harvest was reduced because of a destructive frost and summer precipitation," he added.
受極端天氣影響，法國葡萄酒產量預計將預計創 45 年來新低。
在四月， 幾乎所有的法國葡萄酒產區都遭受了連續數夜的霜凍， 當時葡萄藤因溫和冬季而已經開始發芽。農民們曾試圖用火盆、蠟燭或其他方法來拯救葡萄藤，但往往徒勞無功。法國農業部長形容，這是“本世紀初最大的農藝災難”。
更令人拯擔心的是，葡萄收穫期很可能還會感染白粉病、黴病等葡萄樹病害。這與葡萄酒行業在 4 月份提出的估計一致。 “預計 2021 年的葡萄酒產量將處於歷史低位，低於 1991 年和 2017 年的產量，同時也受到春季嚴重霜凍的影響，”Agreste 指出。 “就目前而言，產量將接近 1977 年的水平，在那一年，由於破壞性霜凍和夏季降水，葡萄酒收成減少。"