How is often the case, determining the scale of a catastrophe is a difficult task.
We will, however, try to gather the opinions of different industry players to determine this important damage in the industry and how it can affect the production and sales chain.
In Mendoza, a probabilistic report carried out by the Climatic Contingencies In Mendoza, a probabilistic report carried out by the Climatic Contingencies Directorate, based on records of the last six years, indicated that the low temperatures would have affected around 40,000 hectares of which 24,000 would have 100% losses.
“We do not know what to do; the situation is dire. The late frost has been very hard”. Agustina Guardia is astonished as she tours the estates of the Las Arcas del Tolombón family winery. In a first survey, they estimate that the losses reach 85% of the plants located in the Calchaquí Valley, near Route 40 and almost on the border with Salta.
Regarding the situation in La Rioja, Javier Collovati, from the Valle de la Puerta winery in Rioja, said that the frost “affected the organic farm, 50% of the grapes were lost.”
In Mendoza and San Juan the situation is uneven. There are areas of the east that managed to dodge the frost without damage, and other regions, especially those at higher altitudes, where losses are around 50%. “We had a good outlook for the 2023 vintage, but the frosts will make it more restricted than expected.
They will affect prices in all wine categories and it will be reflected in the supermarket shelves,” said Rubén Panella, president of Fecovita, a company that brings together 5,000 producers grouped into 29 cooperatives.
Eduardo Rodríguez, CEO of Corbeau Wines, stated that the late frosts in October and November have caused the loss of “around 60% of the production of high-quality oenological grapes” and estimated for next year “a decrease of 35% compared to to the 2022 harvest, which was one of the lowest in the last 10 years.”
It will be a year of uncertainty for Argentine winemaking, without a doubt.
However, Lost Valley’s network of suppliers makes it possible to guarantee the continuity of their business with sufficient wine and quality. Our wineries in the north of the country and in Mendoza present a favorable outlook with adequate flowering, which promises a harvest in excellent conditions.
LostValley Editorial / 2022 Dic