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The projected drop is largely a result of terrible frosts and heatwave that hit France, Spain and Italy this spring and summer.

Global wine production is forecast to fall to its lowest level in over 50 years due to the terrible frosts that struck Europe’s wine producing powerhouses earlier this year.

A tractor approaches the harvesting machine at Waterbrook's estate vineyard in the Yakima Valley of Washington State. Photo Credit: Ronald Holden

David Minick, the vice president for vineyards at Precept Wines, explains why he invested in three half-million-dollar mechanical harvesters. "They pay for themselves," he says.

Hawke’s Bay Winemakers Association chairman Michael Henley. Photo credit: New Zealand Herald

Wine production in New Zealand’s Hawke’s Bay has suffered losses due to incessant rains in March, bringing down its total production from 2016’s 42,000 tonnes to 33,000 tonnes in 2017.

Chimney Rock Winery, located on the Silverado Trail in Napa, escaped damage and yesterday posted a photo to thank those who continue to support the relief effort.

As wildfires continue to burn throughout northern California, the forecast of rain later this week has offered hope of relief to those that have seen their wineries and homes destroyed.

Workers harvest Cabernet Sauvignon at Palmaz Vineyards, hours after fighting back flames from the estate winery's perimeter.

Palmaz Vineyards staff harvests Cabernet as estate smolders.

Members of the Palmaz Vineyards picking crew encountered an unwelcome guest as they arrived at the property early Monday. The Atlas Fire first reported Sunday at 9:20 p.m. was encroaching on the family-owned property in the Coombsville AVA. In a moment, the vineyard workers became firefighters.