English wine harvest 'not looking good', say winemakers
09 July 2012 by Adam Lechmere, www.decanter.com
As England continues to suffer the wettest early summer since records
began, winemakers are beginning to wonder if they are going to have any
grapes to harvest at all.
Rain has fallen across England more or less continuously since the beginning of June, and the Met Office has confirmed this has not only been the wettest, but one of the coldest and dullest periods for over a century.
Figures for June show that 150mm of rain fell – more than double the average amount.
The period from April to June is the second dullest on record with 119.2 hours of sunshine, nearly breaking the record of 115.4 hours set in 1987. It has also been the coolest June since 1991 with a mean temperature of 12.3C.
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