Vintners Despair After French Wildfire Ravaged Grapevines


Thursday, September 2nd 2021, 7:36 am
By: Associated Press


LE CANNET-DES-MAURES, France -

Winemakers are taking stock of the damage after a wildfire blazed through a once-picturesque nature reserve near the French Riviera.

Rows of charred grapevines stand next to a vast expanse of steaming black vegetation devastated by the fire, which raged for a week in late August.

The blaze left two people dead, injured 27 and forced some 10,000 people to be evacuated. 

At least one small wine estate saw its vines completely destroyed. And the grapes that survived may be too smoke-damaged to produce a sellable wine.