Heavy rains and flooding in August resulted in severe damage in parts of Wachau, Kremstal and Kamptal, three of Austria's most prestigious wine regions known for Riesling and Grüner Veltliner. About 1,200 to 1,500 acres of vineyards were destroyed, less than 10 percent of the total 18,500 acres in the three areas, estimated Michael Thurner, project manager at the Austrian Wine Marketing Board.
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