From frosts in France to tariff trade wars and a poor harvest in New Zealand, there are few wine-producing regions that have not been affected by some kind of problem, experts claim.
The result means that we are likely to have to swallow big price rises, particularly for bottles from the southern hemisphere. New Zealand is among the worst affected adverse weather.
Its sauvignon blanc yield was down by 30 percent with similar falls for pinot noir and pinot gris.
Struggling wholesalers are attempting to fill the gaps with wine from other countries, such as Chile.
But now all 2020 white wines from there have sold out and some 2021 vintages have also run dry, trade journal The Grocer reported. On top of this,
Californian and other US wines are set to increase in price by 25 percent in the fallout from ex-president Donald Trump’s tariff on British imports to protect the American steel industry. It could see the UK impose a similar tariff on US imports.
Australian wines are more available because a 218 percent tariff imposed by China means they are selling less there. But, as a result, China is snapping up supplies from other regions.
However, the biggest problem is getting what wine is available, particularly from the southern hemisphere, over here because of the global shortage of shipping containers.
The issue has also pushed transport prices “sky high”, said The Grocer.
It is not necessarily any easier with countries closer to Britain. European wine centres have been hit by transport problems, which will also result in rising prices.
A damaging late April frost in many French regions and parts of Italy also affected crops.
The Grocer said: “Europe is not without its own problems. Prolonged frosts in French regions such as Bordeaux, Burgundy, Loire Valley and Champagne have caused significant damage.
“The exact extent will not be fully known until the harvest begins in the coming weeks.
“Similar cold weather also hit certain Italian regions meaning Tuscany’s sangiovese and Emilia’s lambrusco and sangiovese could all fall short.”
Brexit red tape has already reduced prosecco exports to the UK by nine percent this year while prices have also risen, the publication added.