The continued heavy rainfall has led to such a severe infestation of powdery mildew in the Champagne region that even parts of the harvest are at risk. Since the beginning of June, the humid conditions have already favoured the spread of the fungus, and the past three days of continuous rain have now caused it to really explode. Since the vineyards are hardly passable at the moment, it is almost impossible to fight it. Some of them may no longer be harvested by the winegrowers and negociants. The yields of organic winegrowers, who have already sprayed up to 16 times, are particularly at risk. There has also been small-scale flooding. The situation is described as "unprecedented" and worse than 1997 and 2016 - also two vintages with extremely heavy mildew infestations.
(al / Source: vitisphere; Photo: Christoph Hoyer)