Rosé crops lost due to freak spring frosts

Rosé crops lost due to freak spring frosts. Pictured: a vineyard in Carcassonne, Occitanie, France
Rosé crops lost due to freak spring frosts. Pictured: a vineyard in Carcassonne, Occitanie, France

Winemakers in Provence, where much of France’s rosé is produced, could lose up to half their harvest after an exceptional pre-dawn frost in late March.

Many vineyards normally immune to frost were affected as temperatures dropped as low as minus 7C in some parts. Fortunately, after an anxious six-week wait to see how and if the frosted vines would regrow, the picture is not as bad as had been feared.

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The effects of the frost

Vineyard consultant Victor Dubois says there are many variables that could still affect the harvest
Vineyard consultant Victor Dubois says there are many variables that could still affect the harvest

Victor Dubois, a consultant for ICV, one of the larger service providers to winemakers, told Connexion: “We can now see the key factor was the extent to which vines had advanced in their budding process. I work mainly in the south Rhône Valley and here the warm early spring meant early maturing varieties of vines, like grenache noir, were advanced, and were hit hard by the frost. You never ...

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