2019 Rhone harvest impacted by drought


Touring this week and talking to many vignerons its clear that the extreme high temperatures we experienced in this area back in July - not far away in the Gard a record high temperature of C44 was recorded - coupled with the pitiful amount of rain that has fallen has resulted in many vines failing to produce as many grapes and are smaller with less juice than normal. Estimates of lost production vary according to the terroir, micro-climate and degree of drainage/water supply from the soil but many are reporting up to 30% loss. Nothing wrong with the quality though!