Heatwave brings early harvest for German and French winemakers

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Vintners in Germany weeks ahead of schedule and French vineyards expect good vintage

German and French vintners are harvesting their grapes weeks ahead of schedule following the heatwave that has affected much of Europe.

While many German farmers have complained that the hot and dry climate has damaged their crops, with yields of some, such as wheat, expected to be down by as much as 50%, vintners have seen reason to celebrate.

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