Australia Grapples With a Calamitous Year
The 2008 harvest was a challenge, but bigger problems may lurk down the road
Mother Nature reached deep into her bag of nasty tricks in Australia in 2008, pulling out heat, frost, snow, drought, floods and even bushfires. (See the harvest report on page 14 for more details.) But winemakers may have a bigger worry: what if future vintages bring more of the same? The past few years of drought are threatening to impair the growth of the industry at a time when exports are already down.
For the full article, check out the new issue of Wine Spectator, on newsstands June 18, 2008.