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Winegrowers to make less but better wine from this year's grapes

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Hungary's winegrowers expect to make less but better wine this year, Csaba Horváth of HNT, Hungary's main winegrowers' association, announced on Friday.

The harvest, which is nearly complete but for a few areas in the Tokaj region in northeast Hungary, is expected to yield about 510,000 tons of grapes, which will be made into 300 million liters of wine, some 20%-25% less than usual, Horváth said. However, good weather late in the summer will make this year's wines exceptional, he added.
Because of the smaller harvest, grape prices have risen 30%-50% from all-time lows last year, with prices for the Szürkebarát and Villány Cabernet varieties rising the most.

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