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Burgundy Wine Region Torn Asunder By Severe Hailstorm

July 25, 2013

Violent hailstorms ripped through one of the most prestigious parts of the Burgundy wine region earlier this week, causing “catastrophic” damage to this year’s crop, according to local press reports.

Severe rain, wind and hail lashed an area that includes several renowned wine-growing villages including Pommard and Volnay, where as much as 90% of the vines were damaged. The Bureau Interprofessionnel des Vins de Bourgogne (BIVB), the local trade association, said all of the Côte de Beaune appellation area was impacted.

Burgundy, one of the world’s most storied wine regions and a key driver in the rise of high-end French wine in the Asian market, has been a frequent victim to harsh weather in recent years. Last year, the region’s wine production fell about 20% below average, plagued by late frost, hail and disease. Local growers say the region hasn’t enjoyed a full-sized harvest in nearly five years.

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