This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V24", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
By the kindness of Mr. Charles Joly, we have received the statistical results of last year's crop of wine in France. For the eight years previous to 1879, the average production of wine each year was about 54,000,000 hectolitres. The highest (1875) gave over 83,000,000, and the lowest (1873), nearly 36,000,000. But in 1879, the serious troubles began, and the product sank to 25,770,000. Since then there seems a gradual recovery, and the past year shows a production of 34,138,000. The calculation has been made by districts, so that it is seen that the increase in the average is not through the great advance of a few favored spots. Some few districts still show a loss over last year, - still going down hill, - the Department of Herault, for instance, showing a loss over last year of 1,273,000. But as a general rule, those districts which have lost last year, have lost very little, while most of those which have gained, have gained enormously. It is evident that the Phylloxera is not the formidable foe any longer it was once, either in France or in America.
It will surprise those not well conversant with French products, to note the enormous amount of cider produced in France, which shows it to be an industry of as much importance in many respects as grape-growing. In 1875, there were 18,257,000 hectolitres produced, which is, however, the highest during the past ten years. Last year the product was 17,122,285, higher than it has been any year since 1875, and remarkable when we consider the reports which come to us of the great losses among fruit trees in Europe by the winter of 1880-81.