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Wildfires threaten Chilean vineyards

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 01:11

Wildfires consumed more than 100 vineyards. As Fred Katayama reports, some vineyards will have no vintage this year.

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Wine lovers may have fewer choices from Chile. Dozens of wildfires have consumed more than 100 vineyards, burning grapes, branches, and seeds. Some vineyards won't have a vintage this year and, possibly, next year. Susana Molina lost her vineyard. SOUNDBITE: SUSANA MOLINA, WINE PRODUCER, (SPANISH) SAYING: "The fire passed and burnt all my fields. I have four hectares, and they were all burnt, everything except my house." Chile's president says the fires were the worst the country has ever seen. Those fires will slam the $1.5 billion wine industry there. Felipe Zuniga heads the local winegrowers association. SOUNDBITE; FELIPE ZUNIGA, PRESIDENT, LOCAL WINEGROWERS ASSOCIATION, (SPANISH) SAYING: "Our evaluation is catastrophic from the point of view that it is not only direct damage to the vineyards that are totally burnt but also the grapes' harvest that has been affected, that has not been irrigated. That damage is irreversible." The government has appealed for international aid to fight the fires.

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Wildfires threaten Chilean vineyards

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 01:11