There has been widespread vineyard damage due to hail in 2014, particularly in the French wine regions of Burgundy, Bordeaux and the Languedoc.
In June, 300ha of vines were completely decimated in Bordeaux's Medoc appellation while a further 1,000ha were affected in Prignac-en-Médoc, Ordonnac, Civrac, Blaignan and Saint-Yzans.
Burgundy was similarly hit during June with approximately 5,000ha destroyed; namely in the regions of Beaune, Pommard, Volnay and Meursault with damage estimates ranging from 30-100% of the 2014 crop.
In July, a total of 15,000ha of agricultural land, mainly vineyards, was affected in the south of France, with the worst hit area Malepère, west of Carcassonne and Minervois, between Carcassonne and Narbonne. Parts of Corbières were also in the hail zone.
Vineyards in the Charente as well as Switzerland's canton of Vaud were also struck by hail.