Vintage Watch IV

Keeping an eye on weather around the globe.


This week the story in weather is of course the devastating hail storms and thunderous rains that plagued parts of Burgundy last week. Many of the  vineyards of the Cote de Beaune were shredded by an unprecedented 15 minute hail storm that barreled through Volnay, Pommard, Savigny, northern Meursault and the hill of Corton. Crop losses of between 50% and 90% were reported and while pockets of vines escaped the devastation it will be virtually impossible for most producers to bounce back from such a storm this year. Interestingly this was a very localized storm with little impact in the Cote de Nuits to the north. More information can be found here on Bloomberg.

On a more upbeat note, the harvest has begun in Lodi California as growers there begun to process fruit destined for sparkling wines and roses. As far as I know, this is the start of the vintage 2013 and it will be fascinating to watch the grapes come in around the globe over the next 12 weeks or so. This is crunch time, when the weather can make or break the year for a region so lets dive right in to the forecasts.

Napa, California

This week looks to be a virtual repeat of last week's weather with cool to moderate temperatures and lots of sunshne getting August started off on the right foot in Napa.

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Alba, Italy

Barolo-land is in for another week of much needed summer weather with highs in the 90s and lots of sunshine. While it's way too early to tell, this might be just what the region needs to recover from their forgettable start.

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Logroño, Spain

This week's forecast for Logroño calls for some sizzling temperatures and lots of sunshine, offering a chance to recover from the terrible weather two weeks ago.

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Sonoma, California

The weather in Sonoma this week looks to be fantastic with moderately warm temperatures and plenty of sunshine in the forecast, icking up where they left off last week.

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McMinnville, Oregon

The forecast for the Willamette Valley continues to look favorable, though a bit cooler and with more clouds than last week. None the less this looks like a very fine week for the region.

Last Week's Forecast

Jordan Station, Ontario Canada

Another week of challenging weather in Ontario reminds us of why the industry was slow to develop in this norhtern region that is approaching the limits of viablility when it come to farming vitis vinifera grapes.

Last Week's Forecast

Tuscany, Italy

Tuscany has had a gorgeous summer this year, and the weather continues down that path this week with seasonably high temperatures and just a light chance of rain early in the week.

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