Are we on the Cusp of the Next Minimum?

26 Apr 2018 – “Worldwide Wine Output Collapses To 60-Year Low, Sparks Fears Of Major Shortage,” says headline.

The Director-General of the International Organization of Vine and Wine, Jean-Marie Aurand, warned that global wine production collapsed in 2017, with a contraction of 8.6 percent compared with 2016. In fact, global wine output dropped to its lowest levels since 1957, primarily due to poor weather in the Eurozone which slashed production across the entire bloc.

In France, vinters reported “widespread damage in Bordeaux, Burgundy, and Champagne, with some losing their entire 2017 crop.

Here’s the full article:

H/T to Ice Age Now  Read the full report HERE.


4 thoughts on “Are we on the Cusp of the Next Minimum?

  1. canuck57 April 29, 2018 / 8:10 am

    I suppose that because vineyards need an optimal temperature for about 6-months each year that this was bound to be the first major agricultural casualty. There’s a relatively smaller wine industry in Canada that would be a good one to watch over the next 2-3 years too. As the north will start to show the most dramatic cooling effects first (before the more southern latitudes north of the equator) the wine industry in Canada will surely be one of the first to fail.

    • Russ Steele April 29, 2018 / 10:29 pm

      On an RV trip, Ellen and I visited several wineries in the Osoyoos Valley. Interesting place to visit. We brought home some Ice Wine to share with family and friends.

      • canuck57 April 30, 2018 / 6:05 am

        And grapes are grown as far as 175 km (close to 110 miles) north of Osoyoos too. The ice wine produced in that region is to die for :-). That part of British Columbia produces white wine that has also won awards around the world. I try to watch production there closely as I cannot help but feel that in the not too distant future the only wine they will be producing will be ice wine :-).

        Another region to watch grape growing closely is the Columbia valley, just south of Osoyoos in Washington state (in the Columbia and Snake River areas). I prefer the red wine they produce there (and across the river into Oregon) over Californian…but this region will be affected by cooling before California.

  2. Russ Steele May 24, 2018 / 8:15 pm

    Yes, we have tried some of the Columbia Valley wines and found them to be an excellent table wine. I like the Cabs best of all.

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