Bad news for the wine drinkers

Irish Examiner - Farming - - COVER STORY -

A very small 2017 har­vest is ex­pected in most of the wine­grow­ing re­gions in Europe. The bad news for wine drinkers is due to heavy hail­storms and hard frosts in the spring, fol­lowed by drought in the sum­mer, caus­ing con­sid­er­able dam­age to vine­yards.

The har­vest is ex­pected to be 16% lower than 2016 in Spain, 17% lower in France, and 21% lower in Italy.

Even greater re­duc­tions are ex­pected in some re­gions within these coun­tries.

For ex­am­ple, Castilla-la-Man­cha in Spain ex­pects 19% less grapes than last year, whilst Si­cilia in Italy ex­pects a de­cline of 35%.

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