Burgundian vines ‘machine-gunned’ by hail

30th June, 2014 by Rupert Millar

A vicious hailstorm has ravaged the Côte de Beaune for the third year in a row with damage to the vines ranging from 40% to 90% across the region.

BurgundyGrowers had high hopes for this year after a warm start to the year and were in need of a larger crop after hailstorms reduced the size of the 2012 and 2013 vintages – particularly in the re-hit Côte de Beaune.

Santenay, Pommard, Volnay and Meursault were among the prestigious appellations that were hit with Anne Parent in Pommard describing the storm as “like a machine-gun attack”.

Even the installation of over 30 cannons that fire silver iodine into the clouds to melt hailstones failed to prevent the damage.

Hailstorms have already done a severe amount of damage to vineyards in Bordeaux this year and a fresh storm forced a wine festival in the city to close last weekend.

Insurers are currently assessing the damage.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Subscribe to our newsletters

Job vacancies

FINE WINE SALES ADMINISTRATOR

Davy's Wine Merchants
London, UK

Business Development Manager - On Trade

FINE+RARE
Central London, GB

Regional Sales Manager

Swallow Associates Ltd
Home Based: North-West England, UK

London Account Manager Role (Full Time)

LITTLE BIRD GIN
Home based with UK travel. , GB

Sales Operations Manager

Bibendum PLB
London, UK

Digital Marketing Executive (online content & community manager)

Corney & Barrow Limited
London E1W (near Tower Bridge), UK

Store Manager – Premium Drinks

Amathus Drinks PLC
London, UK

On-Trade Regional Sales Manager

Anthony Byrne Fine Wines
London and the South East, UK

Wine Sales – Northwest England

Gerrard Seel
North West England

Senior On-Trade Sales Manager – English Sparkling Wine Company

COREcruitment
London based with national travel, UK

National Account Manager – RTM – On Trade

COREcruitment
Home based with frequent UK travel

Sales Account Manager - Wine

COREcruitment
London, Devon, Manchester, Liverpool, Farnham, Cambridge, UK

The Global Sparkling Masters 2017

Deadline : 14th June 2017

The Global Syrah Masters 2017

Deadline : 14th June 2017

The Global Malbec Masters 2017

Deadline : 14th June 2017

The Global Beer Masters 2017

Deadline : 1st August 2017

Click to view more

Global Chardonnay Masters 2016

Now in its fourth year, the competition will identify the best Chardonnay from all around the world in every price range.

The Asian Cabernet Sauvignon Masters 2017

the drinks business Hong Kong announces its first year of The Asian Cabernet Sauvignon Masters.

Rioja Masters 2016

Now in its fifth year, the competition will recognise and reward the finest Riojas on the world stage.

Fortified Masters 2016

Now in its third year, The Fortified Masters will reward the best fortified wines on offer.

Click to view more