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Term for a climatic period of prolonged drought caused by no or very little precipitation (rain). A special form is winter drought, which is caused by prolonged frost. The complex interrelationships between soil water supply, air temperature and humidity are important for assessing the negative impact on viticulture. This also depends on the region and the prevailing climate. In normally cool and humid wine-growing regions, drought or dryness can also be an advantage, especially in the production of red wine, if the reduced growth results in a natural, quality-enhancing yield restriction.

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