Wine production in France this year will be down by between six and 13 per cent over 2018, notably because of the ongoing heatwave, the agriculture ministry said on Saturday.
The production should be between 42.8 and 46.4 million hectolitres – the lowest figures in the last five years, said the ministry, based on estimates drawn up on Jul 12.
Unfavourable weather conditions hit the flowering of the vine, and then the heatwave broke records, with temperatures in some places as high as 46 degrees Celsius (115 degrees Fahrenheit).
The heat damage meant lost production in three regions: the Gard, Herault and Var, the ministry added.
Hailstorms also affected some vines but they did less damage nationally.