Pebble-sized hailstones destroy vineyards in Bordeaux in ‘unprecedented’ storm as two women are struck by lightning in Germany

Monday, May 28, 2018
By Paul Martin

Thousands of hectares of vines ruined as hailstorm lashes southwestern France
Vineyards were hit in famous Medoc and Cotes de Bourg regions on Saturday
Comes a year after Bordeaux region suffered one of its worst harvests in history
Two women suffered serious injuries after being hit by lightning in Germany

By JULIAN ROBINSON
DAILYMAIL.COM
28 May 2018

Pebble-sized hailstones have destroyed vineyards in the Bordeaux wine region during ‘unprecedented’ storms in France.

Thousands of hectares of vines have been ruined, including in the famous Medoc and Cotes de Bourg regions, after hail lashed the country’s south west over the weekend.

Footage shows fields and streets turning white during fierce ice storms on Saturday.

It comes just a year after the Bordeaux region suffered one of its worst harvests in history with a fall of 39 per cent on year due to late frosts, which lead to a jump in prices.

Meanwhile, two women in their early 20s have suffered serious injuries after being struck by lightning in the western German city of Bochum while out walking. One had to be resuscitated by paramedics at the scene on Sunday night.

The hail in France first hit the south of the region on Saturday at midday, affecting the Pessac-Leognan region and the south of Medoc, home to some of the region’s most famous chateaux, Bernard Farges, head of Bordeaux producers’ union CIVB, said.

It then devastated vineyards of Cotes de Bourg and Cotes de Blaye on the right bank of the Gironde river and, further east, in the Gensac and Pessac-sur-Dordogne.

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