Les Vignes (The Vineyards) de Gironde

We had some fabulous weather here leading up to Easter which caused the vine and fruit trees to blossom and start the the process of growing their fruit earlier than usual. Unfortunately large areas of France were hit by severe cold weather just after Easter and up until yesterday which has resulted in a massive loss in the vineyards and orchards. Every effort was made to save them with thousands of small fires, candles, paraffin and oil lamps, even helicopters were used to fight off the frost but, in many cases, to no avail. Our local Graves and Sauternes vines have been hard hit and there has been a pall of smoke and smell of fire in the air which is a sombre reminder of just how disastrous It’s been for our Winegrowers – The Government will have to step in. Here are a few pictures of better times and a prayer for a magnificent harvest in 2022;

5 thoughts on “Les Vignes (The Vineyards) de Gironde

  1. We love Californian Chardonnay – It’s always reminded us of Summer in a bottle but it has increased in price recently here in France so we have been sampling some nice burgundy ones. No doubt these natural disasters will impact us all for the forseeable future.

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  2. I live near Napa, California’s wine center where we’ve had an ongoing struggle in recent years with forest fires and drought. There are so many hardships in producing a good bottle of wine.

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  3. Bonjour Noelle – Thank you for dropping in – You are absolutely right, with the tariffs already imposed by the US, Brexit and now this the French industry is in for a rough ride. We’ll have to be more selective in our choices if we are to find bargain french wines in the future.

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  4. I apologize that I haven’t checked in on your blog for a while! I read about this catastrophe recently and feel so depressed for the French wine growers. I do like French wine. This will be a win for the US growers but prices will be sky-high.

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