Up to 15,000 hectares of vine in Languedoc-Roussillon damaged
Up to 15,000 hectares (ha) of vine in western parts of Languedoc-Roussillon, France's leading exporter of wine, were damaged by hail on 6 July. Corbières and Minervois were particularly affected. This most recent event compounds what has so far been a difficult summer for French growers. Weeks before the prestigious Burgundy region suffered a similar downpour, with damage to 3,000ha largely in Pommard and Volnay. Inclement weather has also blighted a number of Bordeaux growers too. The tricky 2014 growing season has led to concerns French stocks will be even further depleted after mixed results in previous years.