Worrying times for wine growers
There is a common thread to most vintages and this year is no exception. Like last year, vines came out of their winter dormancy at the start of spring with the arrival of good weather.
This year, however, they are even further ahead than last - up to 10 or even 15 days earlier than in 2016.
From a phenological perspective, the leaves are properly open and the first flowers can be seen, bringing with them initial causes for concern amongst wine growers as they expose the future crop
to the hazards of spring weather. Stress has therefore come early too and fears of plummeting temperatures are kindled by memories of frost last year in regions like Burgundy and the Loire.
Even after the risk of frost has gone, worries will not abate – storms are potentially a source of hail and rain brings the threat of disease. And if the weather stays fine, drought is the
next headache on the list. Until the 2017 crop is harvested, wine growers will have limited peace of mind – we wish them well!