Hopes are rising for a good quality Port wine harvest in the Douro valley in 2015 after the head winemaker for the company that owns Taylor’s and Croft said vintage conditions were so far similar to those of the ‘outstanding’ 2011 crop

Champagne vineyards have entered a ‘crucial’ six week period in the build-up to the 2015 wine harvest, according to the region’s growers.

Vines across France have had to contend with a heatwave similar to that seen in 2003 in recent weeks. Champagne has so far managed to avoid drought warnings that have been issued in some other regions, and notably Bordeaux where forest fires threatened to spread to wine producing areas on 25 and 26 July.

Across the Atlantic, Napa Valley saw the earliest start to a wine harvest in recent memory after Mumm’s California arm began picking grapes for its sparkling wine on 22 July.

Napa 2015 wine harvest

Image credit: Napa Valley Vintners / Mumm Napa Valley