“Vintage” in wine terminology refers to the year in which the grapes are picked (harvested).
World over, the 2016 vintage is likely to produce lesser volume of wines as compared to previous years owing to inclement weather conditions – almost a 20 year low production as per estimates.
El Nino in South America, frost and hail in France and poor weather conditions in South Africa – all these are likely to result in reduced yields.
As per OIV – Intn’l Organization of Vine and Wine, in 2016 approx 259.5 million hectolitres of wine will be produced around the world which is about 5% less than last year.
The picture shows fires being lit in vineyards as anti frost measures.
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