Dry weather, drought a mixed bag for Northeast vineyards

AP News
Posted: Oct 05, 2016 1:41 PM

BERLIN, Vt. (AP) — Grape harvests are underway at vineyards in the Northeast where unusually dry warm weather this summer was ideal for growing grapes.

But in parts of New York and southern New England, where drought struck, some growers are seeing decreasing yields.

New York, the country's third largest wine producer, was hit hard by drought in the Finger Lakes wine region. Gene Pierce, owner of Glenora Wine Cellars on Seneca Lake, said his and other vineyards are seeing smaller crop yields, ranging from a 10 percent decline to as much as 30 to 40 percent. On the other hand, dry weather can bring a more intensely flavored wine.

In Vermont, which escaped much of the drought, Lincoln Peak Vineyard in New Haven is on track for a record or near record harvest.