In vineyards, operators take stock after an episode of late frost – Liberation

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The negative temperatures of these few nights in April burned the grape buds, especially in the south of France. At the time of stock-taking, affected wine producers are resorting to various strategies to avoid going out of business.

“On my 40 hectares of vines, three plants should be left.” Fabien Doudon's plots, located at the foot of Mount Saint-Victoire east of Aix-en-Provence, produce almost no wine this year. Small buds that are numerous on its bushes have turned black. They burn, preventing their fruiting and vine growth. Two consecutive episodes of devastating frosts in some French territories were the fault. “During the night of Thursday, April 18 to Friday, April 19, the thermometer dropped to -4°C. This Tuesday morning, -2.5 degrees Celsius. So I lost 80% of my farm. Winemaker explains, Lou Passaquet is head of the cooperative cellar. Its members are not exempt: “We haven't had time to mention all the frozen AOPs yet, but it's about 40% of the cellar;”

The office of the Ministry of Agriculture communicated that this episode of frost, above all else than in April 2021, was especially severe in the Occidental region and in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur. liberation In Occitania, there are “Significant episodes of frost in vines, with harvest losses of more than 50% in c

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