• 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
French far-right family feud exposed at May Day rallies
Leader of French far-right party Front National (FN) Marine Le Pen. Photo: AFP

There were barely enough statues of Joan of Arc to go around in Paris on Sunday as feuding factions of France's far-right National Front (FN) held rival May Day rallies at the feet of their heroine.

Copyright expires on Bolero, French classical favourite
Musicians of the "Orchestre Lamoureux" perform Maurice Ravel's Bolero. Photo: AFP

Almost 90 years after it was first performed in Paris, the copyright runs out on Sunday on one of the most popular and unique pieces of classical music, Ravel's "Bolero".

France to increase forces in Ivory Coast
French troops based in Abidjan and a soldier from Ivory Coast's Republican Forces carry a soldier during a military exercise. Photo: AFP

France will increase the number of its troops in Ivory Coast, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Friday on a trip to the African nation which hosts a regional base for French forces.

Fire ravages Muslim prayer hall in Corsica
The building, one of the largest prayer halls in the capital Ajaccio, suffered major damage in the fire. Photo: Yannick Graziani/AFP

A Muslim prayer hall on the French island of Corsica was ravaged by fire on Saturday in what prosecutors said was probably a criminal attack.

'I feel no guilt': French boss defends €2.5m salary hike
"I earn this much". Peugeot Citroen boss Carlos Tavares defends his salary. Photo: AFP

The boss of French car giant Peugeot says he feels no guilt over his €2.5million salary rise and the criticism is all part of his pay packet.

Nine must-see landmarks in Paris you may have missed
Photo: AFP

You've seen the Eiffel Tower and the Notre Dame Cathedral. So what next?

Cap on EU roaming charges set to kick in
Photo: zoetnet/Flickr

EU mobile users will soon be calling from Alicante to Zagreb at lower prices.

UK pair charged with funding Paris attacks suspect
Photo: Police

Two UK nationals have been charged with handing over to cash to a suspect in the Paris terror attacks.

Paris makes love-lock bridge even more love-lock proof
Photo: Michel Gauret/No Love Locks

Good luck attaching a love lock now.

France gets tough on Muslim footballers praying on pitch
Archive photo of Muslims praying on a sports pitch in France. Photo: AFP

Authorities in the Riviera city of Nice are cracking down on Muslims praying on their football pitches, arguing it is against France's Republican principles.

Sponsored Article
How to launch your international career
Society
Protesters clash with police over France's new labour laws
Sponsored Article
What's the best way for expats to transfer money abroad?
National
French dangerously 'unprepared' for future natural disasters
Is it really safe to come to France for Euro 2016?
Sponsored Article
Education abroad: How to find an international school
National
Salah Abdeslam: Pot-smoking 'little moron' is finally back in Paris
Society
PICTURES: Snow falls in Paris... at the end of April?
Rail strike: Passengers in France face major disruption
Cats in a cafe?!? Nine of the quirkiest things you can see in Paris
Sponsored Article
Retiring abroad: ensuring your health is covered
National
VIDEO: The moment a Paris suicide bomber blew himself up
National
Why there's another rail strike in France and why there will be more
National
Winter is coming (back). Why is France so cold right now?
National
WWI's Anzac Day heroes honoured in northern France service
Lifestyle
VIDEO: Did you know all these stars spoke great French?
Culture
How did the French end up with their 'crazy' numbers?
Politics
Why this man could become the next president of France
Society
VIDEO: Jewellers in southern France raided by... swarm of bees
Culture
Did you know the strange origins of these six French curse words?
Why are more and more people dying on French roads?
National
VIDEO: Mass street brawl erupts at Paris migrant camp
Culture
Film 'Chocolat' highlights taboo of race problem in French cinema
Society
British people have been urged to come to France... and to get naked
Culture
15 reasons Clermont-Ferrand is the best place in France
National
Eight tips for buying wine in a French supermarket
Culture
Steven Spielberg and Jodie Foster top star-studded Cannes cast
2,779
jobs available