France expects a decline in production of wine this year
Cold and unfavourable weather that struck the wine regions of France in April 2016 will result in a reduction of wine production by almost 10%, BBC Russia
In the wake of an unusual cold weather, that prevailed for the whole spring and a part of the summer, a drop to 42.9mln hectoliters of wine is expected compared to the last year 47.8mln, according to the statistical service of the Ministry of Agriculture.
The Champagne region was among most affected. Here, the production could be reduced by a third.
Grape harvest in Champagne due to the cold weather is behind the normal schedule for the week.
Wineries of the Loire Valley are expected to experience a greater drop, according to the statisticians.
The grape harvest and wine production in France is be expected to fall behind Italy, which last year became the world leader in the field of winemaking.