Keyword: frost

French winegrowers pin harvest hopes on June bloom

Wine-makers in several regions, notably that of Bordeaux, are nervously anticipating the crucial June flowering phase, hoping that pollination will occur, after the most damaging frost in more than 25 years ravaged swathes of vinyards in April.

French winemakers hit by weather woes allowed to buy-in grapes

Hardest-hit winemakers are allowed to replace their harvests lost to hail and frost by buying grapes from the same area, but finding surplus grapes will be uncertain.