The volume of grapes harvested in Prosecco is down on last year at certain estates, with one producer reporting yields down by “20-25%” on 2014.
The 2015 harvest in Champagne is set to begin with the fruit in “perfect” health and yields of 10,000 kg per hectare reported.
Younger parcels are struggling in the current heat but older vines seem to be in “rude health” as the weather stays on-track so far this year.
Wild bush fires are sweeping across areas of South Africa near the Constantia Valley winemaking region, destroying vineyards and raising fears of dreaded smoke taint in grapes.
A contractor for a top Californian winery has been ordered to pay grape harvesters more than $163,000 after he failed to pay wages during last year’s harvest.
The 2015 harvest has caught many South African winemakers off guard – and on the beach – with the grapes ripening around two weeks earlier than usual.
Some 5,000 grape growers have taken to the streets in Mendoza to protest against the government’s lack of action over a bailout for the country’s troubled wine industry.
A brave bunch of pickers at Domaine Marcel Lapierre in Beaujolais have stripped off during the harvest to pose for a calendar printed by the estate.
As this year’s harvest in Champagne draws to a close, producers are heralding the quality of the Chardonnay grapes.
An Indian summer and burst of September sunshine in Bordeaux may have rescued the fortunes of the 2014 vintage.
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