French Wine Harvest 2022 - More Wine Than Expected

France's harvest forecast is revised upward by 600,000hl.

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Plentiful Grapes in France (Photo: U. J. Alexander/stock.adobe.com)
Plentiful Grapes in France (Photo: U. J. Alexander/stock.adobe.com)

According to the latest harvest estimate from the French Ministry of Agriculture, French wine production in 2022 is now 44.6 mill. hl. This is around 600,000 hl more than assumed in the last forecast in September (as reported in Meininger's). The harvest result is thus slightly above the five-year average from 2017 to 2021, while being 18% higher than in 2021, when 37.8 mill. hl were harvested. With the harvest virtually complete in almost all wine-growing regions due to the early start and dry weather, this forecast could now be very close to the actual results.
 

Changes since the last forecast

Yield results for Burgundy have been revised upward. Here, yields are expected to increase by 61% compared to 2021. Compared to the five-year average, this is an increase of 16%. A sigh of relief for the region after devastating late frosts minimized crop yields last year.

Languedoc-Roussillon, Jura and Savoie are also likely to do better, according to the latest estimates, but Languedoc in particular suffered from the effecds of the dry summer. Bordeaux, the Loire Valley and the southeast of France, whose forecasts have been downgraded slightly since September, suffered a few setbacks. 

 

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