The exceptionally mild winter in the Languedoc area can cause problems for the wine producers. A mild winter brings early budding, increasing the risk of damage if frost strikes later in the spring. Right now the vines have about 20 days advance compared to a normal year. It has also been dry. Unlike the vineyards further east, in Provence, Languedoc has not had much rain this winter.
The eastern part of the Languedoc though has seen a lot of rain this winter. And consequently the producers there may have to deal with mildiou this spring. The mild weather also favors the onset of the disease excoriose (dead arm). A real winter obviously has its advantages.
Read more about the mild winter in Languedoc at La Vigne.
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