14 Jan 2018 / 11:01

France. Wine production figures in 2017 among the lowest ever

France released the numbers in November for a vintage year that proved to be as complicated as it had been for Italy and Spain.

France. Wine production figures in 2017 among the lowest ever

France released the numbers in November for a vintage year that proved to be as complicated as it had been for Italy and Spain.

The Ministry of Agriculture updated production estimates for 2017, and announced that the French harvest will allow production of 36.8 hectoliters of wine, 19% less than 2016, and 18% less than the average of the last five years. It was an historically meager harvest thanks to spring freezes, even below the unfortunate 1991 harvest.

Moving through the territories, the situation is clearly difficult:

Champagne at -6%

Burgundy-Beaujolais at +4%

Alsace at -30%

Jura at -50%

Savoie at -16%

Val de Loire at +7% but under the 8% of the five-year average

Charentes at -12%

Bordeaux at -45%

Languedoc Roussillon at -17%

Sud Ouest at -20%

Sud Est at -23%

Corsica at -20%

The harvest was brought in early in all French production districts, but particularly in the south. Overall, appellation wines lost 20% in volume. But although production is low, France consoles itself with export. The month of September was down 2.4% compared to the month before, but overall, the twelve months up to September 30 saw French wine exports growing 7.9%, that is, reaching 8.9 billion euros.

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