The Sunday Post (Newcastle)

Frost hits vineyards


Winemakers across France say several nights of frost threaten to decimate grape harvests in some of the country’s best-known wine-producing regions.

The government is readying an emergency rescue package after rare freezing temperatur­es hit the country last week. Wine producers fear this could have caused some of the worst damage in decades to crops and vines.

“It’s a national phenomenon,” said Jérôme Despey, secretary general of the FNSEA farming union and a winemaker in the Hérault region.

“You can go back in history, there have been freezing episodes in 1991, 1997, 2003 but in my opinion it is beyond all of them.”

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