Are we on the Cusp of the Next Minimum?

26 Apr 2018 – “Worldwide Wine Output Collapses To 60-Year Low, Sparks Fears Of Major Shortage,” says headline.

The Director-General of the International Organization of Vine and Wine, Jean-Marie Aurand, warned that global wine production collapsed in 2017, with a contraction of 8.6 percent compared with 2016. In fact, global wine output dropped to its lowest levels since 1957, primarily due to poor weather in the Eurozone which slashed production across the entire bloc.

In France, vinters reported “widespread damage in Bordeaux, Burgundy, and Champagne, with some losing their entire 2017 crop.

Here’s the full article:

H/T to Ice Age Now  Read the full report HERE.


Author: Russ Steele

Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

4 thoughts on “Are we on the Cusp of the Next Minimum?”

  1. I suppose that because vineyards need an optimal temperature for about 6-months each year that this was bound to be the first major agricultural casualty. There’s a relatively smaller wine industry in Canada that would be a good one to watch over the next 2-3 years too. As the north will start to show the most dramatic cooling effects first (before the more southern latitudes north of the equator) the wine industry in Canada will surely be one of the first to fail.

      1. And grapes are grown as far as 175 km (close to 110 miles) north of Osoyoos too. The ice wine produced in that region is to die for :-). That part of British Columbia produces white wine that has also won awards around the world. I try to watch production there closely as I cannot help but feel that in the not too distant future the only wine they will be producing will be ice wine :-).

        Another region to watch grape growing closely is the Columbia valley, just south of Osoyoos in Washington state (in the Columbia and Snake River areas). I prefer the red wine they produce there (and across the river into Oregon) over Californian…but this region will be affected by cooling before California.

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