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Malta ‘could soon run out of local wine’

You might want to hold onto that bottle of Maltese wine you’ve been saving for a special occasion.

The boss of Malta’s biggest vineyard has warned the island could soon run out of local wine.

Marsovin’s chief executive revealed Malta faces another poor harvest after a year of blazing heatwaves and lower-than-usual rainfall.

Jeremy Cassar said this summer’s extreme weather had led to a crisis.

He told 89.7 Bay: ‘The heatwaves this June, July and especially the long heatwave in August dried up a large part of the foliage, exposing bunches of grapes to direct sunlight with the eventual shrivelling of whole bunches of grapes.

‘Unless there is a serious effort to help invest in this sector, the local wine sector will lose its local source of grapes, something it has invested heavily in for the past decade or so.

‘Since demand for Maltese wine has increased, the timing of these problems could not have come at a worse time.

‘Currently there is a major undersupply of local grapes necessary to meet the demand which is likely to grow significantly year on year.’

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