An unusually hot Swiss summer has pushed the grape harvest forward by a record three weeks, reports RTS.
Harvests this early have never been seen before and are expected to yield high quality grapes capable of producing excellent wines.
Disrupted weather patterns hit the Swiss grape harvest hard last year. Yields were his worst since 1957 and production was 36% below his 10-year average. The very cold weather in April damaged the buds and the unusually heavy rainfall caused an unusual fungal disease.
However, extreme weather in 2022 will have the opposite effect. Long periods of high heat and sunshine allowed the grapes to ripen earlier than expected.
According to viticulture expert Jean-Laurent Spring, the next few weeks will be a critical time for this year’s harvest to mature. September is usually the month when grape growers cross their fingers and expect the right conditions. This year he is part of August and his September, said Spring. Two weeks of heavy rain could change the results.
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