Hail ravages vineyards in Languedoc-Roussillon

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Violent hailstorms have hurt thousands of hectares of vines in France's Languedoc-Roussillon, only weeks after winemakers in Burgundy and Bordeaux suffered similar deluges.

Up to 15,000ha of vines in the western Languedoc-Roussillon area of Aude are estimated to have been hurt in the downpours on Sunday nighttime, said the local chamber of agriculture.A picture posted on its website showed a producer land a hail stone as huge as their hand. Officials have spent the past two days touring the province to get a better thought of the storms' impact, but vineyard hurt is believed to range from 20% to 100% in the worst hit areas, they said. Most of the hail fell in north of Corbieres and over the border into Minervois, over an area stretching from Castelnau-d'Aude in the west to Saint-Nazaire in the east and Pepieux in the north.The storms in Languedoc came just over a week after hail decimated around 3,000ha of vines http://1000-facts-about-wine.com in Burgundy, leading producers there to call for government aid. In mid-June, hailstorms also hurt several hundred hectares of vines in Bordeaux's northern Medoc province. Following the latest storm in Languedoc, French national farmers' partnership FNSEA has said it is concerned about the potential low level of stocks in France's wine cellars, should the country see another small harvest in 2014.

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