August 12, 2010
Drought conditions are causing some wine grape varieties in Virginia to ripen early, and that concerns growers.
Virginia Tech viticulturist Tony Wolf says prolonged dry conditions can reduce yields and change grape composition. Wines produced from grapes stressed by drought may be unbalanced and may not age well.
Vineyards in central Virginia harvested some grapes for sparkling wine and pinot gris in early August. Wolf says it's the earliest grape harvesting in memory.
Virginia's wine production is ranked fifth in the nation.
The comments sections of Newsplex.com are designed for thoughtful, intelligent conversation and debate. We want to hear from our viewers, but we only ask that you use your best judgment. E-mail is required, but will not be displayed with comment.
As a host Newsplex.com welcomes a wide spectrum of opinions. However this is a site that we host. We have a responsibility to all our readers to try to keep our comment section fair and decent. For that reason The Newsplex reserves the right to not post or to remove any comment.
If you have any ideas to improve the conversation or this section let us know. Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
powered by Disqus