Again year for Bordeaux: vineyards destroyed by heavy storm

Thousand hectares of vineyards in the region of Bordeaux and Cognac last weekend very badly hit by hail. Farmers talk of losing up to ninety percent.

The sad sight of a vineyard in Macau, near Bordeaux, after the passing of the storm. © AFP

Sometimes you have no crystal ball needed to see the future. To know how the Côtes de Blaye, Côtes de Bourg and Haut-Médoc 2018 will include, for example, it is sufficient to have a look at how the vineyards north of Bordeaux lie there after a severe storm passed.

The wijnstruiken were about to start flowering, but hagelbollen as large as duiveneieren made short work of budding leaves and bloemtrosjes. Some vineyards are completely destroyed. For many affected growers about it for this year and it seems that the storm is next year also will make you feel in the yield, because several of the vines in the wood are affected. The coming days will be clear how big the damage actually is.

Bad years

The heavy setback comes on top of a bad last year, which the region had been affected by frost. “The farmers in the region will be a lot of support and mutual solidarity’, it sounds.

Also the vineyards of the more northern Cognac was not spared, either.

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