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North American wineries enjoy banner year


Favourable weather conditions have led to a near-perfect year for North American winemakers
Favourable weather conditions have led to a near-perfect year for North American winemakers

Staff writers

October 18, 2012 — North American wine-makers are excited about this year's harvest.

Favourable weather conditions have led to a fantastic year for Canadian winemakers, with near-perfect vintages in British Columbia and Ontario.

South of the border, many wineries have enjoyed similar success.

September wildfires in Washington state posed a threat to this year's harvest, but so far, quality control tests have been contaminant-free.

In Europe, it's a different story.

Hail storms in Burgundy, France have destroyed 80% of the vines.

Bad weather has also wreaked havoc in Portugal, where some regions have seen 40% of the crops ruined.

With files from Reuters

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