Keyword: vinyards

French 2017 wine production forecast to be lowest in 60 years

The French agriculture ministry estimates that the country's total wine production this year will fall to about 36.9 million hectolitres, or 4.9 billion bottles, down by almost 20 percent on last year due essentially to spring frosts and summer storms, with the Bordeaux region worst-affected.

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.

Hailstorms ravage French vinyards

The winegrowing regions of Cognac, Chablis and Beaujolais have been badly hit by weekend storms raising fears of a serious blow to this year's harvest.