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.”