Tough weather is impacting the world’s wine production. The report from the Associated Press comes at the same time parts of the Pacific Northwest reported ideal spring and summer weather, leading to an early harvest and an expected increase in production.
Floods, drought, frost and hail across Europe and South America are to blame for a 5% drop in global production. Wine experts say it won’t impact the quality of the 2016 vintage.
For the second straight year, Italy is the world’s top producer. France and Spain followed. U.S. wine-making grew 2%.