Wine harvests under pressure from climate change – again

Last year, wine production in countries like France plunged – a sobering reminder of the impact of climate change. This year, productionwill remain “roughly stable” compared to 2021 but fall short of reaching the five-year average (2017-2021), according to Copa-Cogeca, which represents European farmers.

However, some countries will see harvests impacted more than others due to the droughts and high temperatures recorded during the spring and summer.

“Overall, the 2022/23 harvest is characterised by the impact of the droughts and scorching temperatures raging across Europe and leading to a precipitate harvest and reduced yields,” Copa-Cogeca noted. On a positive note, grapes are in a very good ‘phytosanitary state’, which suggests quality will be good.

“While not abundant, the 2022 harvest has been largely ‘saved’ thanks to winegrowers’ efforts,” said Luca Rigotti, chairman of the wine group at Copa-Cogeca. Producers are struggling in the face of rising costs for transport, glass, cardboard, phytosanitary products, andenergy which are all “eroding margins even further”.

He said Europe’s wine producers are “committed to mitigating the impact of climate change and preserving the environment. Winegrowers and cooperatives are innovating and applying good practices that respect the environment – pruning waste, efficient irrigation systems, reduced phytosanitary treatments – without compromising the quality of our wines,” he added.

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