Wine production looking good this year thanks to cooler weather | News
ILLINOIS (KFVS)- This time last year wineries in Southern Illinois were worried about what they would get out of their vineyards due to the drought.
This year, things are looking a lot greener and better.
"This year we've had so much rain, and it's been a little cooler," said Paul Renzaglia at Alto Vineyards. "Now we're kind of hoping that the rain tapers off here towards the grapes ripening."
Renzaglia said too much rain at harvest time can cause him a lot of problems with the grapes.
"We can have all sorts of molds, fungus and mildews. And it can cause a diluting of the grape," he said.
Which can have a negative effect on what comes out of the bottle, and on sales down the road.
"Each year the weather has such a huge affect on the grapes and our wines. Ideally, the grapes like hotter dryer days and cool nights going into harvest time; and the cool nights we don't often get in the summer here in Southern Illinois. We've been seeing that more lately which is a good thing. We should see some good maturity in the grapes,"Renzaglia said. "Now we've got our fingers crossed that it'll be okay. If the rains will slow down as we get closer to harvest."
Renzaglia said the cooler temperatures this Summer are going to push the grape harvest back to the end of September this year.
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