Brussels – Europe’s wine production has dropped to levels unseen since World War II as extreme weather battered top producers Italy, France, Spain and Germany, the main farmers’ union said Tuesday.

The Copa-Cogeca union said quality was high and prices will rise but not enough to compensate producers for losses as drought and frosts linked to climate change damaged grapes.

Italy’s production fell to 40 million hectolitres, down about 26 percent and France’s output to around 37 million hectolitres, about 18 percent below last year.

Germany is estimated at 7.5 million hectolitres, down from about 8.5 million hectolitres last year.But Portugal, estimated at six million hectolitres, saw output rise around 10 percent over 2016.

© AFP GEORGES GOBET Total wine production across the European Union is estimated to be down by about 14 percent in 2017

© AFP GEORGES GOBET – Total wine production across the European Union is estimated to be down by about 14 percent in 2017