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
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