The Alsace appellation in eastern France has announced to the public that after a warm and dry season, this appellation may start harvesting grapes on August 24 and 25 this year.
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A report from the vinins Alsace trade body notes that the 2020 harvest is fairly advanced but well scaled, with good overall health, and seems likely to follow in the footsteps of a very good 2019.
In this appellation, 2020 was a warm and dry year, with a mild winter leading to buds being observed as early as April 10 in Belguim.
The next few weeks were apparently so warm and dry that there were fears of a drought in May, followed by a series of heavy rains that averted that risk.
With the early arrival of flowering at the end of May, June brought a period of colder weather, which delayed the further development of flowering.
This extended flowering period apparently led to a relative asymmetry in bunch weights, but in some varieties the phenomenon of floral fallout occurred, and the low rainfall in Molsheim and Barr affected the size of the grapes in these sub-appellations.
These conditions essentially prevented any major disease outbreaks; grape worm, downy mildew and powdery mildew were all absent this year.
This report also outlines the growing green credentials of the Alsace appellation, where 50% of the vineyards are now certified by the French government for high environmental value agriculture at level 3 and 25% are organically grown.