This just in: French wine production is expected to fall 12% this year after vines were damaged by spring frosts, drought and hail. According to the country’s Agricultural Ministry, the quality should remain “generally good,” but those who love Old World wines have a good reason to express some concern.
The Ministry forecast production of 43.4 million hectolitres for 2019, down from 49.4 million in 2018 when the weather had been favorable. The situation will vary by region. For instance, Champagne production this year is expected to drop 17% due mainly to hot weather, while Bordeaux output would drop only by 4%. Read more.