French wine harvest slightly better than previously expected

The French Ministry of Agriculture has published a new crop forecast suggesting that there will be a million hectolitres more wine than was  predicted in previous reports.

Caption: The Ministry of Agriculture revises France's harvest forecast slightly upwards / Credit: Stevens Fremont
Caption: The Ministry of Agriculture revises France's harvest forecast slightly upwards / Credit: Stevens Fremont

In its new harvest forecast of 1 October, the French Ministry of Agriculture corrects the total volume of this year's grape harvest upwards from the 33.3m hl forecast on September 1st to a new figure of 34.4m hl.

The slight increase in harvest expectations was mainly due to reports from the Charentes, Bordeaux and Champagne regions thanks to the effect of rain in July and August. On the other hand, the forecast for Languedoc and Roussillon will probably have to be corrected downwards. Here, the longed-for rainfall came too late after the long dry period and led to rot. 

Overall, the severe weather events during the entire growing season hit Burgundy, the Rhône Valley and Jura the hardest, according to the ministry. 

Harvest forecasts from 1.9.21 and 1.10.21 

Champagne 1.33m. hl / 1.49m. hl
Beaujolais 1.24m. hl / 1.14m. hl
Charentes 8.61m. hl / 9.69m. hl
Bordelais 3.76m. hl / 3.93m. hl
Languedoc/
Roussillon 8.48m. hl / 8.28m. hl

In the other areas, there is little change since last month’s predictions.
 

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