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Up to 15,000 hectares of vine in Languedoc-Roussillon damaged

Up to 15,000 hectares (ha) of vine in western parts of Languedoc-Roussillon, France's leading exporter of wine, were damaged by hail on 6 July. Corbières and Minervois were particularly affected. This most recent event compounds what has so far been a difficult summer for French growers. Weeks before the prestigious Burgundy region suffered a similar downpour, with damage to 3,000ha largely in Pommard and Volnay. Inclement weather has also blighted a number of Bordeaux growers too. The tricky 2014 growing season has led to concerns French stocks will be even further depleted after mixed results in previous years.

by S. C.
14 july 2014, World News > Europe