2021's wine harvest hit by the greatest agricultural catastrophe of the 45 past years, said French agriculture's minister
This year’s harvest in France is expected to be really low. As a matter of fact, the forecasts show it might be the lowest production since 1977. The third of the overall production is concerned. Indeed, spring frosts, the poor weather and some diseases like mildew damaged badly the crops.
French agriculture’s minister Julien Denormandie qualified this crisis of « probably the greatest agricultural catastrophe of the beginning of the 21st century”.
Almost every region is touched but not equally. For instance, in Alsace, the harvests should be good as in Provence (in spite of wild fires this summer) and Languedoc, with excellent quality even though the quantity decreased. In Burgundy, the situation is very different in each estate but there is still hope overall. The most hit regions are Champagne, Bordeaux and Jura where the production is expected to reach a lowest record.
Italy faces the same situation with spring frosts and its harvest is also struck down.
On the opposite, Spain has been spared with good production and harvest that should benefit its wines.
The question remains in the effect of Climate Change on wine harvest in the future.