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Excellent outlook for wine production this year

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Although the weather has not been favorable for grapes this year, the wine produced will be of excellent quality, Eliza Kiss, ministerial commissioner for wine sector development at the Ministry of Agriculture, said on Friday.

The amount of wine produced this year could be similar to last yearʼs 2.8 million hectoliters, but should be of excellent quality, national news agency MTI reported. Kiss said the average bulk purchase price of grapes is around HUF 98-100 per kilogram.

The commissioner added that this yearʼs grape harvest was affected by frosts in spring, and by hail damage and drought, but the quality has been preserved.

Diána Sidlovits of the Hungarian Chamber of Agriculture (NAK) said grapes grown on 13,839 hectares have been affected by adverse weather in 2017. The total wine-growing area in Hungary was 63,600 hectares in 2016, dropping from 93,200 hectares in 2004.

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