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>> The grape harvest is underway in the vineyards around the French town of Chablis, but wine producers here are worried that the years ahead will not be vintage ones for their businesses. That's because the repercussions of Brexit could hit the region's vineyards particularly hard. The UK is the largest export market for Chablis white wines.
Around 30% of all bottles head there. In 2016, that was 6.5 million bottles.
nerating 37.4 euros million of revenue. According to marketing firm BIVB Chablis. But a weaker pounds following the UK's decision to leave the European Union is already making such imports more expensive. Added to that is uncertainty.
Over what a post, Brexit trade relationship will look like. Brexit is a problem which will probably be more of a reality in the coming two, three years. Maybe we will suffer some of the repercussions of Brexit. That remains to be seen. We must keep an eye on it.
Wine producers hope that their networks of sellers and restaurants in the UK will remain loyal to their product and there's also some positive news. Sales of Chablis to the US are increasing, with exports up 24% in 2016 compared with the year before.