• France's news in English
 
app_header_v3

Prices of French wines soar after poor harvest

Joshua Melvin · 17 Mar 2014, 17:02

Published: 17 Mar 2014 17:02 GMT+01:00

Brits have long made a habit of crossing the Channel to France to load up on cheaper French wine, but it might not be so economical this year.

Due to the terrible 2013 grape harvest, the price of wines from France’s world-renowned Burgundy region have climbed a whopping 32 percent compared to the previous year.

In July The Local reported how some vineyards in Burgundy faced catastrophe after the region was hit by devastating hail storms.

A summer hailstorm caused "catastrophic" damage to some of the area's most prestigious vineyards, with up to 70 percent of crops destroyed on some estates, local wine producers said at the time.

But the devastating weather did not just impact on Burgundy's finest wines.

In August growers in Bordeaux called for government aid after their crops were also ruined by the rain. And there was also a knock-on effect on the price of a bottle.

Certain Bordeaux wines saw their prices jump by 20 percent between August 2013 and January 2014, according to new data released by France's Ministry of Agriculture.

The average increase for all types of French wines was about 18 percent over the same period in last quarter of 2012 and start of 2013. Though when compared to the overall average prices from 2008-2012, the cost of wines were actually up by 25 percent.

The ministry's report pinned the blame for the spike in prices on the “the limited availability of the early season” wines.

After the heavy rains and cold weather in June hurt grape growth, the harvest took place later than usual, hurting the quality of the grapes that were eventually pressed for the year’s vintage.

The resulting harvest was “historically low” with 42.3 million hectolitres of wine produced, according to the ministry.

Joshua Melvin (joshua.melvin@thelocal.com)

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
New app aims to rid Paris pavements of dog poo
Photo: ByeBye Crottoir

No need to watch your step anymore, says this French engineer behind a new app called "Bye Bye Pavement Dog Poo"

Calls in France for English to be ditched as EU language
Photo: AFP

Some in France suggest it's time to end the dominance of English as the EU's working language, now that the UK has voted to leave the union.

Seven tips for selling your house in France
Photo: AFP

After the Brexit referendum there is already talk of British expats in France considering selling up. Here are seven tips put together by an expert.

British businesses in France told to keep calm and carry on
Brits celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday at the British embassy in Paris. Photo: UK in France/Flickr

Brits running their own businesses have been told that despite the Brexit vote, it should be "business as usual".

Paris thieves pilfer luxury watches worth €3 million
Photo: AFP

Another multi-million robbery in the chic heart of Paris.

Price of Paris monthly transport pass to rise
Photo: AFP

Commuting in Paris is set to get pricier.

Opinion - Brexit
Why a Brexit would be a 'windfall' for France
Photo: AFP

A Brexit wouldn't mean the "apocalypse" the doomsdayers are predicting, it would actually be a "tremendous opportunity" for France.

Post Brexit: Paris and London vow to cooperate not compete
Sadiq Khan and Anne Hidalgo vow to work together. Photo: AFP

The mayors of Paris and London have vowed to work together in order to shape the 21st century.

Voters give green light to new airport in western France
Photo: AFP

Will this finally mark the end of years of wrangling and protests?

'We can handle Brexit' insist Hollande and Merkel
Photo: AFP

France and Germany say they are on the same page when it comes to handling the fallout of last week's shock Brexit vote.

Sponsored Article
Why you should attend an international job fair
National
Mixed reaction from the French as UK votes for Brexit
National
How Brexit could now scupper that dream move to France
Brexit limbo: What happens next for Brits in France?
Gallery
Ten reasons why you should think about becoming French
Sponsored Article
Education abroad: How to find an international school
Analysis & Opinion
Brexit: Life for Brits in France 'will get more complicated'
Culture
20 English words that 'should be banished' from French
National
Best Briehaviour: A guide to French cheese etiquette
Features
And the best city in France for expats to live in is...?
Sponsored Article
Why Swiss hospitality graduates are in demand
Society
Forget bikes, Paris is set to roll out scooter rentals
National
'We fear for our safety': French police feel the strain
Lifestyle
Why Rennes (and not Paris) is the best city in France for expats to live
Sponsored Article
Avoid hidden fees when sending money overseas
National
Why are the French losing appetite for baguettes?
Lifestyle
Naturism booms in France as young eager to ditch clothes
Lifestyle
Is working life better in London or Paris?
National
Dear Americans: Please come to Paris
National
It's official (kind of): French work fewest hours in EU
And the best football fans of Euro 2016 in France are?
National
Paris has wettest spring in 100 years and it's hitting morale
Police murders remind France of complexity of terror threat
National
IN PICTURES: Labour law protests in Paris turn ugly
National
Double murder just latest jihadist attack on French police and soldiers
International
French police appear unprepared for hooligan threat at Euro 2016
Sport
An A to Z guide of what to expect in France for Euro 2016
2,726
jobs available