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Harvest yields likely to be “back to normal” this year, says the BIVB

Burgundy’s harvest is set to return to normal yields this year, the Bourgogne Wine Board (BIVB) has confirmed, after seeing falling yields for a number of years.

Although final figures are not yet in, the BIVB said that global volume for Bourgogne was likely to be “back to normal” this year, reaching the average 1.5 million hectoliters. 

April's frosts dramatically reduced the grape crop in Chablis and other regions. Photo: Philippe Desmazes

Quality is high, but in many regions quantity is down by 50 percent after April’s frosts.

As vignerons across France pick this year’s grape harvest, they can only wonder at what might have been if Mother Nature hadn't been so cruel.

How to winemakers combat excessive heat?	Photo: Rosily Vineyard, Margaret River

What does an unexpected heatwave mean for vineyards – and how do winemakers tackle it…?

Winemakers need to know how to tackle unexpected heat, as shown by the recent ‘Lucifer’ heatwave hitting southern Europe, and record-breaking high temperatures in Oregon and down the US west coast.

Extreme weather events influenced this year's harvest everywhere from Germany and France to Italy and Chile.

Earlier this summer, the Napa Valley was on track to be one of the world's luckiest wine regions this year, having escaped everything from hail to fires to grape-gobbling wild boar.

Then a scorching, record-breaking heat wave with temperatures up to 117 (!) degrees Fahrenheit swept in and stuck around over Labor Day weekend, upending vintners' expectations.

Global warming may result in labour and productivity losses in the European wine industry.

We all know that global warming will trigger sea level rises, and cause mass disruption to our civilisation on a worldwide scale.

But there’s a more imminent danger which will leave some drinkers gasping - rising temperatures are disrupting wine production, threatening wine supplies from hotter countries.