Hundreds of hectares of vines have been des-troyed in the Bordeaux wine region by a violent hail-storm.
The storm caused severe damage throughout the area, but was particularly felt in the famous Saint-Emilion wine making region.
In a statement, the chamber of agriculture of the Gironde region – which includes the Bordeaux vineyards – said: “It was the last thing we needed.”
Sales of Bordeaux wines are already down, due in part to the coronavirus restrictions, which have closed restaurants and public houses across the world.
The French industry is also suffering from lower exports to the United States caused by extra tariffs introduced by President Donald Trump.
The hailstorm caused dam-age in a corridor running from Entre-Deux Mers to Saint-Emilion and Castillon and right up to the Dordogne region.
“According to our first estimates, between 600 and 800 hectares of vines would be damaged by more than 80 per cent,” the chamber said.
There are about 110,000 hectares of vines in the entire Bordeaux vineyard, the second-largest wine pro-ducing region in France after Languedoc Roussillon.