EU: wine harvest set for 36-year low

Extreme weather, including heavy hailstorms, hard frosts and drought, has pushed the EU wine grape harvest to an historic low in 2017, the EU department for Agriculture and Rural Development has revealed.

The week in pictures

Grape-treading in the Douro, Beefeater's master distiller celebrating 50 years in the business, a marching pipe band at the launch of the first whisky distillery on a remote Scottish island and a fizz fuelled Emmy Awards – it has been a busy week in the world of drinks!

Thieves uproot 500 vines and steal grapes in Bordeaux

Around seven tonnes of grapes have been stolen from vineyards in Bordeaux mid-harvest, a double blow for producers already suffering one of the lowest yielding harvests in the country's history.

Champagne 2017: did harvesting start too late?

Despite being one of the earliest start-dates on record, growers in Champagne may have begun harvesting too late, according to Olivier Krug.

The week in pictures

September 15th, 2017

The week in pictures

September 8th, 2017

Rain saves German hop harvest

September 5th, 2017

Burgundy in the balance

July 28th, 2017

The week in pictures

March 3rd, 2017

Rías Baixas in pictures

September 28th, 2016

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