Australia: the fires affect the wine vintage
The huge fires that devastated Australia have also affected wine production, writes “The Guardian”, explaining that some wine growing areas of the Hunter Valley and the Adelaide Hills have lost their total harvest and other winegrowers have only managed to partially save the grapes.
It wasn’t so much the fires that damaged production, but the smoke permeating the skin of the grapes – a phenomenon known as “smoke taint” - that according to the oenologists, the pressing will be completely ruined.
According to the Hunter Valley Wine and Tourism Association, that has already calculated a 42 million dollar loss in tourism, it is too early to estimate the damage due to the lost wine production, even if “in our opinion the earnings of the wineries will probably drop by 80-90% for the 2020 vintage”
Source: Agra Press