British winemakers have every right to “wine” about the weather. The excess rainfall this summer has been destroying their crops and their subsequent profits for the year. Some parts of the country have already experienced a month’s worth of rain within a 24 hour period.
Vines normally flower before turning into fruit, but this year the flowering season has been delayed. Farmers are bracing themselves for a poor harvest year. This year’s yield will be greatly reduced- a tenth of what it could be in a good year. As a comparison, in 2011, with the hard winter, mild spring and late heat wave, Britain produced 3 million bottles of English wine. This year’s numbers will not even come close.
More rain and flood are expected in the forecast. And farmers will continue to whine about their weather woes.