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Marlborough wineries bring in grapes to protect from disease threat from rain
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Marlborough wineries scrambled to take in grapes before rain hit on Wednesday, while others brushed the event off, saying it was unlikely to cause any damage. MetService issued a severe weather warning for Marlborough earlier in the week, predicting heavy rains would lash the region on Wednesday afternoon, before easing on Thursday morning. Some wine companies decided to bring their grapes in earlier because of the threat of rain, choosing to have them safe in the winery instead of exposed to the elements.