Daily Wine News: Bugs in Beaujolais

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 08-04-2023

The grape leafhopper.

An insect-borne disease has hit more than 80% of villages in Beaujolais, reports Sarah Neish in the Drinks Business, with producers forced to rip out vines. “Known as flavescence dorée, the disease is spread by leafhopper insects, which suck sap from the vines. It is thought that the pestilence has been able to spread more easily due to the high number of untreated vineyards in Beaujolais — flavescence dorée can be prevented using an insecticide, and applying it is mandatory in the region, but some organic winegrowers are reluctant to spray, despite the product being approved for organic grape production. Their reasoning is that the product will kill other ‘good’ insects in addition to the leafhoppers they are targeting.”

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