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Downpours delay start of Hunter Valley grape harvest
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Wet weather over recent weeks looks to have delayed the start of the Hunter Valley's grape harvest. Some vignerons were hoping to begin their vintage next week but rain has slowed the final ripening of fruit. The harvest usually lasts about six weeks beginning with white varieties including Semillon and chardonnay, before ending in February with the reds. Hunter winemaker Andrew Margan said recent rain has had an impact.