SEVERE cold weather conditions in Canada's Ontario province have damaged vines and will starkly reduce 2003 production in the region's CDN $400 million-per-year wine industry. Prolonged temperatures of between minus 20 and minus 23 have especially harmed merlot, sauvignon blanc, pinot blanc and cabernet sauvignon varieties. Between 50 and 60 per cent of Henry of Pelham merlot buds have been damaged, for instance, with the recovery rate being one year for the least damaged vines and two years for the more severely damaged ones.

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