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Chilean Vineyards Hit By Frost

October 17, 2013

Two severe frosts have left Chilean winemakers facing a small harvest for 2014, months before they’ll pick the first grapes, Wine Spectator reports. But they’re cautiously optimistic that quality will be good, even if there is less wine, and believe the industry can weather the damage.

“It will be a difficult year for small farmers, and the government is coming to their rescue,” said Aurelio Montes of Viña Montes. “The bigger wineries will have a short supply of 2014 grapes, but will be totally covered by the surplus in stock.”

The frosts may have been the worst in 80 years, according to early estimates by the country’s agricultural department. The coastal regions of Casablanca and Leyda bore the worst damage, but the Central Valley was also hurt.

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