Signs good for fine (and early) French wine crop

Grape harvest in France
Wine grape harvests started early in many areas this year

Many wine-growing areas are predicting high-quality wines this year due to good weather conditions which have led to early harvests around France.

Unlike many other crops, hot dry weather does not harm vines - au contraire national estimates are for the volume of grapes to be up by 21% compared to last year (a return to average volumes after a poor 2017 harvest).

Early starts are reported in Burgundy, Beau­jolais, Cham-pagne and Alsace, with growers under pressure as some seasonal  workers who usually harvest the grapes were not yet available.

The hot summer is the main reason for an August 20 start in Alsace (it is typically a ...

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