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Wine Production Under Strain

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The International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) reported that this year’s wine production had been at its lowest since the 1960’s. Indeed, the harvest saw an 8% fall in production with only 246.7 million hectolitres. Moreover, despite a growing wine consumption among different population types, the production decreases steadily.

According to the OIV, climate change is one of the main reasons for these poor figures and it blames warmer autumns and longer frost periods which impede the grape’s development.

Yet, this does not cause a drop in consumption because there is enough stock (e.g. only in France, there are 154 million hectolitres in stock) nor a surge in price as exports are thriving. According to OIV experts, cheaper wines may slightly increase their price, but high-end wines will maintain themselves.

Climate change is especially affecting countries such as France, Italy and Spain. We witnessed it with this year’s vintage, which was ahead of schedule and yielded a lower production: 35.7 million hectolitres of wine and must in Spain.

Nonetheless, the wine world remains dynamic thanks to all kinds of events: wine tourism is flourishing and exports are rising.

More data on low production were published by the Directorate General for Agriculture of the European Commission which predicted that next year’s wine production would have an estimate of just 145.1 million hectolitres, which is 14.4% lower and over 24 million hectolitres less than last season.

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Domaine Du Tariquet Premières Grives 2016, a white wine from Côtes de Gascogne vinified with gros manseng.

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Casa Castillo Monastrell 2015

Casa Castillo Monastrell 2015  is a red wine from Jumilla produced by Propiedad Vitícola Casa Castillo.

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Early harvest wines

 TAGS:Less alcohol, less sweetness, less sugar, less intensity. Early harvest wines are watched with a magnifying glass by ones and eagerly sought by others, who prefer them. Yes there is a big difference between them and other wines, especially for growers, whose neurons are left trying to decide when is the appropriate time to begin harvesting.

If you harvest too early tannins can be harmed, and thus the entire wine production, while if you run the risk of leaving the grapes on the vine … anything can happen, but the worst would certainly be a hail or heavy rains destroying the production.

Keep in mind that wine world is not an exact science and, therefore, each year, the time to start harvest changes. It depends on many things. And above all, it depends on the moment of maturation of the grape variety and how climate has treated us throughout the year.

Experts say that due to the climate change, it is easy to note that every time we harvest earlier. It may be true, but in this case, it will affect equally to all productions more or less, so we could not then talk of early vintage wines.
On the other hand, there are those who make it a business, aimed at a niche market. Lindeman’s is an example of this type of strategy. White, rosé, sparkling wine and, yes, also red wine, with only 9° alcohol. You can find them all the Early Harvest label.

These wines have fewer calories due to their lower alcohol content and they have not lost quality in their taste. Specifically, the red is a pretty breaded Shiraz. Regarding the rest of the range, it is striking how both Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay are achieved. And yes, you can notice they have less alcohol content but, contrary to what at least happens to me, for example with beer, here you don’t find them missing. You know what you are drinking and the result is very good. Would you care for one? Today we suggest in their perfect drinking moment:

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Sileni Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2012