Portugal records ‘lowest wine production of the last two decades’

21st November, 2018 by Lauren Eads

Portugal’s 2018 wine harvest will be the lowest of the past two decades, according to estimates by the country’s National Statistics Institute, placing production at 5.2m hectolitres – a drop of around 22% on the previous year.

Reduction in yields was blamed on a heatwave in August and heavy rains that interrupted harvesting in October, as well as flash floods and storms in the Douro.

“In vines, the extent of the damage caused by the high temperatures varied, but it has extended to almost all wine regions, and this campaign should be the less productive of the last two decades (5.2 million hectolitres),” the office said on Tuesday.

Almost all Portuguese regions were affected, including the Douro Valley in the north, however the southern region of Alentejo….

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