Everyone may have a little trouble refilling that Bordeaux wine decanter in their home bar this year since a whopping 15% of the harvest has been lost just in the first week alone. Rabbits are having a boom year in the Bordeaux region of France and they are enjoying the grapes that should become the wine that has made this area famous.
With some vineyards reporting catching 500 wild hares at a time it is hard to imagine the amount of rabbits that are devastating the wine crop this year. In some regions not only are the grapes being consumed but the vines themselves once the grapes are gone. There are so many hungry rabbits around many vineyards are trying to rush the harvest along to bring in as many grapes as possible.
Recent conditions have kept disease from spreading and controlling the rabbit population while being too hot for the vegetation they usually eat to grow. This has led to too many animals and not enough food with the grapes and their vines being the only source of food for the bunnies. Here is to hoping that enough grapes get brought in for a decent harvest to supply the wine industry.