EU wine harvest at risk, according to Bloomberg

Industry cautions that output could be extremely low.



As record temperatures and wildfires ravage the continent, winemakers are concerned that their output will be severely decreased this year, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday.


According to the article, Portugal and Spain's output may decrease by at least 25% this year as a result of this month's high temperatures of up to 47 degrees Celsius in those countries.


According to the article, Portugal and Spain's output may decrease by at least 25% this year as a result of this month's high temperatures of up to 47 degrees Celsius in those countries.


Although there haven't been any incidents of vineyards catching fire, Bloomberg explains that smoke can harm crops miles away or give wines an ashy taste. Extreme heat can scorch and dry grapes, which will not ripen properly, as well as prevent blooms from maturing into fruit. A significant Portuguese winemakers' organization predicts that this year's crop will experience a "dramatic decline" due to the drought and extremely high temperatures.


Vineyards in typically cooler parts of Europe, like France and Germany, have also been impacted because, according to climate scientist professor Angel Hsu of the University of North Carolina, "Europe has been rising faster than the world average."


The high heat is also threatening the wheat and corn harvests in Europe, raising serious questions about the security of the world's food supply. The leading exporter of wheat in the EU, France, predicted earlier this year that its output of soft wheat would fall below the five-year average.


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