EU: wine harvest set for 36-year low

5th October, 2017 by Phoebe French

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.

Source: EU Commission.

As a result of the adverse climatic conditions experienced across Europe this year, the EU Commission states that “most of the wine-growing regions in Europe are expecting a very low harvest in 2017”.

Spain predicts volumes to be 16% lower compared to 2016 and in France and Italy, winemakers are expecting a 17% and 21% reduction respectively. The report stresses that these figures are an average, with some regions believed to have an even greater reduction than the national average, while others have escaped relatively unscathed.

Castilla-la-Mancha in Spain….

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3 Responses to “EU: wine harvest set for 36-year low”

  1. Charles Crawfurd says:

    Looks like Eastern Europe will be place to go for bargains next year! Glad that Portugal is up as this might give them a chance to make some inroads against the big boys.

  2. Boyce LLoyd says:

    South Africa produce 10,000,000 hl’s but is not mentioned?

    • Phoebe French says:

      Hi Boyce,

      This article relates to wine grapes harvested within the European Union, as is stated above. South Africa is not mentioned because it is not in the EU.

      Thanks,

      Phoebe

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