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Global Wine Production Takes A Hit Due To Irregular Weather

A worker lugs crates of fresh-harvest grapes from the fields to farm trucks in Mendoza, Argentina in 2006. (Natacha Pisarenko/AP)
A worker lugs crates of fresh-harvest grapes from the fields to farm trucks in Mendoza, Argentina in 2006. (Natacha Pisarenko/AP)

This year global wine production is expected to fall about 5 percent compared to last year, due to weather patterns.

In South America, more rain and colder temperatures than usual have contributed to the decrease. Wine production is expected to fall 21 percent in Chile and 35 percent in Argentina. And in France, drought, hail and frost have resulted in about 12 percent less wine produced.

Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Laura Catena, founder of the Catena Institute of Wine, part of the Catena Zapata Winery in Mendoza, Argentina, about how the weather is affecting her family’s winery.

Guest

Laura Catena, founder of the Catena Institute of Wine, part of the Catena Zapata Winery in Mendoza, Argentina. She’s also author of “Vino Argentino: An Insider’s Guide to Wines and Wine Country of Argentina.” She tweets @LauraCatena.

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