How France is fighting to save its struggling wine industry

May 30, 2019

(TheLocal) - The French government recently announced an ambitious research programme as part of its plan to fight for the survival of its declining vineyards. Here's a look at the reason behind the project.

For any wine fans out there, it may come as a surprise that something so synonymous with France is battling to survive. 
French wine is loved around the world and France - one of the world's largest producers - makes around 8 million bottles a year.
But environmental factors such as climate change, as well as biological problems, such as viruses, fungi and bacteria, industry practices and economic constraints have all led to a serious decline in production at French vineyards, with experts saying the situation becoming increasingly dire over the past few decades. 

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