EU: Wine Harvest Set for 36 Year Low

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More bad news for old world wine lovers: the EU Commission has released a statement that reads “most of the wine-growing regions in Europe are expecting a very low harvest in 2017.” This news comes after a string of adverse weather conditions throughout Europe this year, including hailstorms, drought, excessive frost, and heatwaves.

The hardest hit grape volumes are expected in Italy (an estimated 21% reduction), France (a 17% reduction), and Spain (a 16% reduction). These figures are, according to the EU report, to be seen as only an average, as some regions will go unharmed while others will feel Mother Nature’s wrath.

Read more about the expected total volumes and see a comparison chart from previous vintages for Germany, Austria, Portugal, Croatia and more.

 

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