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Wine lovers may have to pay more for some of their favourite bottles as new figures show world production has sunk to ‘historic lows’, after severe frosts and heatwaves curtailed 2017 yields in France, Spain and Italy.
Small harvests in Europe’s main producing countries mean that world wine production has sunk back to levels barely seen since the 1950s and early 1960s, the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) said.

It estimated that global production would hit 246.7 million hectolitres in 2017, equivalent to 24.67 billion litres, down by 8% versus 2016.

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