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Wine Tip: Southern Hemisphere Harvest Report

A first look at vintage quality, with eyewitness reports from growers and winemakers


Ready to taste the first wines of 2013? While vines are just flowering in Europe and North America, the Southern Hemisphere has picked, crushed and fermented this year's crop.

Argentina and Chile: Argentina and Chile experienced a cool growing season, which left vintners waiting for grapes to fully ripen. That wasn't a problem for big reds like Argentina's Malbecs and Chile's Cabernet Sauvignon, but it could be trouble for Chilean Sauvignon Blanc. Read more about the harvest in Argentina and Chile.

Australia and New Zealand: Australian vintners report that the 2012-2013 crop was small, thanks to dry conditions in the east and storms in the west. New Zealand's North Island faced heavy frosts to start the season, while on the South Island, a compressed harvest made for a logistical nightmare. Read more about the harvest in Australia and New Zealand.

South Africa: South African grapegrowers enjoyed a wet winter, meaning healthy yields, followed by a dry, warm summer. But rain during harvest made picking anxious at times. Read more about the harvest in South Africa.


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