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Report says global wine shortage looming, local winemakers say not in Missouri

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A recent study found the global wine industry is short millions of cases of wine, but winemaker at Amigoni Urban Winery says they are not running low on homegrown wine. Instead they hope more people around the world will consider buying wine made in Missouri.

"We are a winery that is inside the city," said Michael Amigoni, a winemaker with Amigoni Urban Winery. "We wanted to bring the wine to the people instead of the people having to go to the country for wine. There are more and more urban wineries popping up in the United States."

Despite a growing number of wineries around the world, Morgan Stanley recently released a report that said the wine industry has an "undersupply of nearly 300 million cases" a year. According to the report, global wine production fell by more than 5 percent last year and a shortage is on the way if people around the world keep drinking wine at the current rate.

"Eventually there could be a shortage of available grapes to make the wine to supply the global market," Amigoni said.

Experts say bad weather in France and Argentina caused the drop in production. In Missouri, winemakers and growers are reporting high yields during the grape harvest.

At Amigoni Urban Winery in Kansas City, they say this year's grape harvest was a success. They grow and harvest their grapes at a 10-acre vineyard in nearby Centerview, MO.

"We had a very, very nice crop. Toward the end of the year we had very dry conditions. We were able to ripen the grapes very nicely with those dry conditions and enough heat. We did about 40 tons," he said.

The Danene Beedle, the marketing director of the Missouri Wine and Grape Board, says wineries from across the state of Missouri are reporting successful harvests this year.

"We are able to ripen grapes very nicely here in the Midwest compared to sometimes even in California or the West Coast doesn't have enough heat. We have nice heat during the summer that we can ripen grapes very nicely. It is all about getting those grapes ripe," Beedle said.

Missouri currently has 125 wineries and Beedle expects that number to continue to grow.

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