Hailstorms ravage French vinyards

The winegrowing regions of Cognac, Chablis and Beaujolais have been badly hit by weekend storms raising fears of a serious blow to this year's harvest.

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Severe weather, including hailstorms, caused serious damage at the weekend in some French wine-producing regions, notably Cognac where up to 8 percent of the vineyard has been badly damaged, producers said on Monday, reports The Daily Mail.