The countrys wine producer have been  badly affected by the weather, reports suggest

The country's wine producer have been badly affected by the weather, reports suggest

Wine regions in central Chile have been severely affected by the country's worst period of Spring frost for 84 years, with a state of emergency being declared in the region, according to reports.

The spate of bad weather has affected fruit and vegetable growers and vineyards from the Coquimbo Region in the north to the south-central Maule Region, The Santiago Times reported earlier this week. Plantations of Chardonnay vines were worst affected, with some vineyards’ production completely wiped out. 

Many other varieties, including Pinot Noir, were also severely affected by the conditions, it was reported. 

Fedefruta, the country's Fruit trade association, initially estimates that up to US$1bn of damage could have been caused by the cold snap, with around 20% of table grapes impacted, according to Reuters

Chile's wine export business was worth around US$1.8bn in 2012, according to government figures.

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