DailyHum Logo
France has suffered a wine 'disaster.' But there could be a silver lining
Nov 26, 2021 | CNN
Picture - France has suffered a wine 'disaster.' But there could be a silver lining

Beaune, France (CNN) — France's Burgundy winemakers agree on one thing: 2021 was about as catastrophic a year as any of them can remember.

It was in April that disaster struck.

Even as the delicate buds of their vines were burgeoning, the weather forecasts warned of a sudden and unseasonable drop in temperatures.

For three nights, the winemakers stayed up in their vineyards, burning candles in a desperate attempt to save their crops -- some of the most valuable in the world -- from frost damage.

It was to be in vain. The temperatures dropped so low that in some parts half the crop was lost and France declared an "agricultural disaster."

Albéric Bichot, the president of the Federation of the Burgundy Wine Houses, says the three nights of frosts cost the region €1 billion ($1.1 billion). As for his own harvest, he says 70% of his white wine grapes and 40% of his red were lost.

4 hours ago | A Luxury Travel Blog
Sustainable safaris in South Luangwa
4 hours ago | A Luxury Travel Blog
12 of the best places to propose in Italy
Sponsored
6 hours ago | A Luxury Travel Blog
Win a luxury short stay in Santorini!
6 hours ago | A Luxury Travel Blog
6 wild reasons to go on a luxury African safari
8 hours ago | Atlas Obscura
Terrace Cemetery in Wendover, Utah
12 hours ago | Atlas Obscura
Hunter Creek Falls in Reno, Nevada
13 hours ago | Atlas Obscura
Podcast: Relampago del Catatumbo
Jan 16, 2022 | A Luxury Travel Blog
Luxury travel news this week
Jan 16, 2022 | A Luxury Travel Blog
Win a luxury holiday for two to St. Lucia!
Jan 16, 2022 | A Luxury Travel Blog
5 of South America’s headiest wine tours
Jan 15, 2022 | A Luxury Travel Blog
Rare sighting off Lady Elliot Island, Queensland
Jan 15, 2022 | A Luxury Travel Blog
Top 5 Alpine chalets with private cinemas
Jan 15, 2022 | A Luxury Travel Blog
Win a luxury five-star holiday for two to Mauritius!
Sustainable safaris in South Luangwa
4 hours ago | A Luxury Travel Blog
Travel
12 of the best places to propose in Italy
4 hours ago | A Luxury Travel Blog
Travel
Terrace Cemetery in Wendover, Utah
8 hours ago | Atlas Obscura
Travel