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ATTENTION: The world is about to run out of wine

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ATTENTION: The world is about to run out of wine
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Reach for your panic buttons because the world is about to be plunged into a massive wine shortage.

Bad weather in wine-producing countries has completely screwed everything up, reducing output from old world producers.

Italy is expected to produce 23% less wine, while France’s vino output is set to be down by 19% and Spain by 15%, according to the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV).

It’s all thanks to the spring frosts and summer heatwaves which hit Europe.

And now we’re faced with a 36-year grape harvest low. That means that output globally could reach its lowest level for more than half a century.

GLobal production is likely to fall by 246.7m hectolitres this year. To put that in perspective, a hectolitre is 100 litres – which is just over 133 regular sized wine bottles. So we’re talking MANY WINE BOTTLES HERE.

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The main areas hit? Bordeaux and Champaign (classic).

New world wines are looking to be less badly affected, however, and Argentina might actually benefit from the situation. Their production is set to grow by 25%.

So, bye bye to lovely French bubbles and hello to Argentinan vino.

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