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Around the World, the 2020 Wine Harvest May Be Most Troubled Ever

But that doesn’t mean great wines won’t emerge.

The team at Trefethen Family Vineyards in Napa gathers for a socially distant Harvest

The team at Trefethen Family Vineyards in Napa gathers for a socially distant Harvest

Source: Harvest Napa

In Burgundy, starting in mid-August, masked workers fanned out into vineyards, carefully socially distanced, to begin picking grapes. It was the beginning of one of the earliest harvests of the past 650 years, and it is now ending.

The 2020 harvest looks pretty different in many places around the world, much of it due to climate change: scorching heat and deadly wildfires in California’s Napa and Sonoma; drought and heat waves in France; thunderstorms and tornadoes in Italy.