As French wine growers saw the end of the tunnel at the end of a year 2020 weighed down by the closure of restaurants and Trump taxes on French wines and spirits, the recent violent episodes of frost have swept away nascent hopes.
80% of the vineyard was affected last week.
The time has come for the first assessment.
With, according to professionals in the sector, two billion shortfall for the sector, and more than 20 million hectoliters gone up in smoke.
That is to say nearly 40% of the annual production of the French vineyard.
"We must remain very careful because the next two days will remain very cold, but we already know that the damage is considerable and in some cases, irreversible"
, warns Jérôme Despey, secretary general of the FNSEA and himself a winegrower in the Hérault , one of the most affected areas.
In the department, the 80,000 hectares of vines were affected between 80 and 100% by temperatures that fell to -8 ° on some nights.
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