Sudden freeze after balmy weather plays havoc for French winegrowers

Freezing conditions and exceptional frost over recent days in many winegrowing regions of France where, even in the south, overnight temperatures have plunged to minus 8° Celsius, have destroyed grape buds, leaving some farmers to predict the yield at harvest this year will plunge by as much as 90%.

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The images are captivating, but across France farmers are counting the cost after three nights of sub-zero temperatures. For many winemakers the 2021 harvest is ruined, reports BBC News.