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Burgundy Wine Area Hit By Hail Damaging Vines

on 25/07/13 at 12:43 pm


indexThe Burgundy wine region in eastern France was hit by storms yesterday that damaged as much as 90 percent of vines in growing areas including Pommard and Volnay.

Strong winds, rain and hail around 4 p.m. local time ripped leaves from vines and destroyed grapes, Cecile Mathiaud, spokeswoman for the Burgundy Wine Board, said today by phone. Some vineyards were hit by flooding, she said, adding that it’s too soon to predict the effect on the grape harvest.

“It’s just misery,” said Jasper Morris, Burgundy director at wine merchant Berry Bros. & Rudd, which has operated from the same London store since 1698. “Some people could go out of business. These guys are working 365 days a year for one harvest to produce something magical, and in a space of two hours, they can lose the lot.”