After the frosts, news from the vineyards of the South of France, Occitanie and the Languedoc

A spell of frost arrived last week during the nights of 19th-20th and 20th-21st of April.

Vegetal growth was particularly well developed, especially on the white varieties, due to hot early spring weather.

The first vines to be affected by the frost were the early varieties – Chardonnay, Picpoul, Sauvignon – because their bunches were already visible and therefore vulnerable to the freezing cold.

frost in the vines languedoc france

It is the white vineyards that have been primarily hit by these springtime frosts, but it is a localised rather than generalised event.

Bio parcells are also concerns because of the “herbs” maintaining freshness and humidity.

Initial assessments project a loss of one million hectolitres for the Languedoc-Roussillon.

The Hérault and Aude have certainly been affected, the Roussillon only slightly. The area concerned is a square of territory stretching from Montpellier to Bédarieux and down towards Carcassonne and the Corbières bordering and including part of the Roussillon to the south.

The affected plots lie in the hollows and valley bottoms, along the banks of streams and rivers, and anywhere exposed to the colder winds from the North.

Grass-covered plots (including those organic) have also been affected because they retain higher levels of humidity.

The vineyards along the coastal fringe were protected by maritime warmth.

The Gard has not been affected.

Our family vineyards, including Montmija (organic), St Auriol and the “Jardin des Vignes Rares” at Cicéron are also concerns.

All the best.


Claude Vialade