Weather causes ‘lowest’ European wine output since WWII

Posted: October 10, 2017 by oldbrew in climate, Natural Variation, News, weather
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Image credit: winesandvines.com


Whatever happens with local or regional weather – hot, cold, wet, dry – if it’s anything out of the ordinary, it must be ‘extreme’ and due to ‘climate change’. At least that’s the implication of reports like this one from Phys.org.

Europe’s wine production has dropped to levels unseen since World War II as extreme weather battered top producers Italy, France, Spain and Germany, the main farmers’ union said Tuesday.

The Copa-Cogeca union said quality was high and prices will rise but not enough to compensate producers for losses as drought and frosts linked to climate change damaged grapes.

“This is the lowest (European) harvest that we have seen since World War II,” Copa-Cogeca executive Thierry Coste told reporters.


Total wine production across the European Union is an estimated 145 million hectolitres for 2017, down about 14 percent from last year’s levels, the union said.

“This year our vineyards have been badly affected by the impact of climate change and extreme weather events ranging from frost to drought,” Coste added. Many producers harvested grapes two weeks early on average, he said. “The quality of the grape is nevertheless expected to be very good across Europe which should make for an excellent wine,” Coste said.

The union did not provide details of the previous lowest output but a spokeswoman said it was the lowest since World War II as leading producers Italy, France, Spain and Germany saw sharp declines.

Continued here.

Comments
  1. Stephen Richards says:

    It was a late frost. We still have more fruit than most years but that is the harder and later flowering. Apples, Pears, Figs, etc but no grapes. Potatoes all recovered as did beans, tomatoes, peppers, chillies.

  2. Stephen Richards says:

    The image is false. Grapes were not visible when the frost hit.

  3. oldbrew says:

    D. Mail report: “a type of wine called ‘ice wine’ relies on frozen grapes to achieve its sweet flavor”

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4453234/Map-shows-extreme-weather-threats-facing-wine-regions.html

  4. craigm350 says:

    Reblogged this on WeatherAction News and commented:
    Damn all this global warming causing…erm…late spring frosts…
    Climate Change! It’s Climate Change!
    😉

  5. Roger,

    They blame natural weather events on manmade climate change. They don’t say “manmade” but it is understood. This is sick stuff. They blame early frost on global warming. (That is actually correct, thawed polar oceans promote more early snowfall and more cold freezing frosts and snowfall, this is how the natural cycles work.) (but it is not manmade, it is natural)

    They wrote: “This year our vineyards have been badly affected by the impact of climate change and extreme weather events ranging from frost to drought,” Coste added.

    Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2017-10-weather-lowest-european-wine-output.html#jCp

  6. Jamie Spry says:

    “affected by the impact of climate change and extreme weather events ranging from frost to drought,” Coste added.

    Hot, dry, wet, cold, flood, drought, blizzard, heatwave – it’s all global warming aka climate change aka climate disruption and it’s all your fault!

  7. Richard111 says:

    Extreme weather events are normal for a cooling world.

  8. oldbrew says:

    Air circulation affects frost more than global warming—for now
    May 23, 2017
    http://phys.org/news/2017-05-air-circulation-affects-frost-global.html

    If we can’t have disaster now, impending disaster will have to do – per climate spin doctors.

  9. Phoenix44 says:

    What they conveniently forget to mention is that European wine production has been in decline for many years. In 2000, production from France, Spain, Italy and Germany was 160,000 hectolitres. In 2012 it had fallen to 120,000. Thats a reduction of 20% 25%.

    So I’m not at all surprised that this year will be really low if the trend continued after 2012.

  10. Phoenix44 says:

    Oops that should have said 25%.

  11. stpaulchuck says:

    so let me try to get this straight. CO2 causes global warming. Global warming causes cold weather. Uhhhh… NO.

  12. oldbrew says:

    The experts used to say that one weather event doesn’t lead to any conclusions about climate.

  13. Damian says:

    “so let me try to get this straight. CO2 causes global warming. Global warming causes cold weather. Uhhhh… NO.”

    Climate science can be reduced to:

    Climate change is bad! Bad weather is bad!
    So Climate change causes bad weather.

    Or it’s counterpoint:

    Climate change is bad! Polar Bears are good!
    So Climate change kills Polar Bears.

    Cheers

  14. Anoneumouse says:

    Investment opportunity!….I have just purchased 6 cases of mixed bottles California wine from Tesco and Asda (£180) prediction, worth £500 this time next year.

    Don’t you just love California Co2 emissions 🙂

  15. Stephen Richards says:

    D. Mail report: “a type of wine called ‘ice wine’ relies on frozen grapes to achieve its sweet flavor”

    There is a sweet grand cru from eastern france, nominally the Alsace, that is from late picked grapes (November) sometimes after the first frost, which has a special fungus on it.
    Some friends I have live in the Alsace and brought me a bottle across to the west. Very expensive. Very sweet.

  16. Stephen Richards says:

    Phoenix44 says:
    October 11, 2017 at 10:38 am

    The French government has been paying viticulteurs to lift their vines and retire in the form of a price per hectare. Normally sufficient for a comfortable retirement for the bigish people.

  17. oldbrew says:

    Global wine output hits 50-year low: OIV
    October 24, 2017

    Worldwide wine production tumbled 8.2 percent this year to hit a 50-year low due to climate fluctuations, the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) said Tuesday.

    The total output of 246.7 million hectolitres was due in large part to steep drops in the top three wine producing countries: Italy, France and Spain.

    Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2017-10-global-wine-output-year-oiv.html

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