World wine production just hit a 56-year low. That’s not even the worst part.
Global wine production plummeted to an almost six-decade low this year — and that isn’t even the worst news.
Thanks to the ravages of climate change, experts say that these sorts of bad harvests, once considered historic, will likely grow more common in the future.
This week, the International Organization of Vine and Wine, a Paris-based scientific and technical group, announced that production would fall by roughly 3 billion bottles this year, a drop of more than 8 percent from 2016 and the lowest level seen since 1961. The losses were driven by a trio of extreme weather events in Italy, France and Spain; the most-affected regions include those that produce Bordeaux, Rioja and Chianti.