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US Why is the current weather ideal for Belgian winegrowers?

16:10  08 august  2022
16:10  08 august  2022 Source:   europe1.fr

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La sécheresse fait des ravages dans certaines cultures en France, en particulier chez les viticulteurs. Mais, ce n'est pas le cas en Belgique. L'ensoleillement et les températures font le bonheur des producteurs de vin belge, qui espèrent concurrencer les vins français. Car, avec un peu de soleil et un peu de pluie, ils ont enfin trouvé le juste-milieu pour prendre soin de leurs vignes. © ANP MAG / ANP via AFP Drought is wreaking havoc in certain cultures in France, especially among winegrowers. But, this is not the case in Belgium. The sunshine and temperatures make the happiness of Belgian wine producers, who hope to compete with French wines. Because, with a little sun and a little rain, they finally found the right-old to take care of their vines.

The current weather, very dry , is ideal for Belgian winegrowers. Usually, in Belgium, vines suffer from rain. Here, the right-old between rain and sun was finally found. The sunshine and temperatures make the happiness of Belgian wine producers, who hope to compete with French wines.

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"There is not too much wind or too much rain"

"it's bingo this year, it's beautiful!" Enthuses Jean-François, winegrower, walking on his domain. He has a smile because his grapes are very green and healthy. "There was no frost at first. And there is not too much wind right now or too much rain. We have a flowering that went well," he explains at the microphone From Europe 1.

under these ideal conditions, there are no diseases or even fungi. A very different situation from the past year. "We had quantities of water precipitation which was great and therefore for us, it was very difficult," he recalls. This year, its production should be twice as important and quality is there.

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"There is no question of changing our grape varieties"

"we always say that we will catch up with the climate of Burgundy within twenty years. Always dream of being able to do a Chardonnay in Belgium and I could say 'I put a little slap on certain Burgundy' ", jokes the winegrower. Enough to make the owner of the Silver Ry dream. "A year like this, I will afford to get the reds really at the last minute".

These good conditions are linked in particular to global warming . "We are fortunate to have good synchronization and technical maturity. It is not yet a question here of thinking of changing our grape varieties. They are adapted to current conditions", nuance on Europe 1 Pierre-Henri Rion, president of The Wallonia winegrowers' federation.

Wine production in Wallonia could even break a record two million bottles. The winegrowers are already preparing the tanks for the first harvest in September.

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