Winegrape growers worry about late crop

on 22/09/10 at 7:59 am

Wine

Mechanical harvest on winegrapes in the Central Valley is in full swing as growers strive to get the crop in before inclement weather arrives later in the fall.

Sporadic rain over North and Central California last weekend didn’t do any significant damage to this season’s winegrape crop, but reminded growers there could be serious weather problems ahead because of the slow grape development.

Growers surveyed in the Central Valley, North Coast and Central Coast indicate winegrapes—depending on the region—are anywhere from two weeks to a month behind in reaching brix levels (sugar content) that are satisfactory for harvesting for wine.

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