This summer was certainly less than spectacular and many people were worried about what this would do to the crops in the country, and people were especially concerned about wine. However, it is certainly not the case that this year wine is going to be particularly badly affected even though there has been poor weather. This year saw the wettest April for over 100 years, and the average temperature was around 0.5 degrees below average.
The poor weather led many people to assume that the grapes would not be particularly good when it came time for harvesting. However, many people who grow grapes have come to the defence of English wine, stating that the grapes don’t seem to have been affected in their quality this year, despite the poor summer.
A winemaker, Bob Lindo has recently commented, “So far it seems as if the juice we have got from the grapes this year has been excellent, and we have seen some very healthy bunches appearing.”
However, despite the excellent grapes that are being seen, the yield does seem to be a bit low. It is estimated that so far, around 40 percent less grapes are being harvested, and this is almost certainly due to the poor weather.
This shortage of grapes is going to mean that there is going to be something of a shortage of sparkling wine from England in the years 2015 and 2016. That said, while there might be a shortage, there is not going to be any reduction in quality, as the grapes that have grown don’t seem to be affected by the poor weather.
England is not the only country that has had its wine supplies affected by the poor summer, and many regions in France have also seen a reduced crop this year. Some places in France have reported a 75 percent reduction in harvests.