Harsh winter cut Michigan wine grape crop in half

Last winter’s devastatingly low temperatures ravaged vineyards in Berrien, Van Buren, Leelanau and Grand Traverse counties,”

says the Lansing State Journal.

“In addition, a frozen Lake Michigan meant no warming winds, which vintners need for a decent crop. Cooler weather also means more bugs attacking the vines.

Some vineyards fared even worse.

Joe Herman of Karma Vista Vineyards and Winery in Coloma anticipates that the land his family has worked since 1847 will harvest one-quarter of it usually does.

Michigan’s wine industry, which ranks fifth in U.S. wine production, normally contributes more than $300 million annually to the state’s economy.


Thanks to Chris Beal for this link

5 thoughts on “Harsh winter cut Michigan wine grape crop in half”

  1. 130 year record low temperature in Vladivostok.
    “02/10/2014 14:38. In the Perm region today, the first snow fell. According to meteorologists, the night in the region fell to 13 mm of rain in the morning rain turned into snow. According to the specialist regional center for geographic information systems Andrew Shikhova, snowfall in early October, “is not the norm for the region.”
    Another record was broken in Vladivostok. It registered an absolute minimum air temperature in all more than 130-year history of weather observations. Tuesday morning in the seaside capital was only plus one degree Celsius. The last time the temperature fell to a record low values ​​of 30 September 1968 and was equal to plus 4.3 degrees, according to Tass.
    Last week saw the first snow of the residents of the Krasnodar Territory. Winter precipitation fell in Krasnaya Polyana, cover height is 7 cm. Add that the real winter in the mountains of Sochi usually comes in December.”

  2. Interesting, since I live two and a half hours to the northeast of Traverse City. What makes it interesting, is that we stopped at the Pleasantview Winery outside of Harbor Springs Michigan this summer. The owner also teaches college winemaking courses at the college in Petoskey Michigan where a degree in winemaking can be earned. When we were there we got a mini lecture on winemaking and grapevines. The owner mentioned that the past winter had done in some of the well known wine grape varieties to the south around the Traverse City area. He went on to say that now they were starting to plant the cold hardy grape varieties there, that can withstand severe winter temperatures.

  3. Spread of soybean sudden death syndrome evident across southwest Michigan fall 2014
    Soybean sudden death syndrome can be found at low levels in many southwest Michigan fields this fall. Growers should evaluate fields and think about selecting partially resistant varieties where SDS has been on the rise.

    ..Cool and wet conditions this spring and late summer rainfall helped to spur on symptoms of the disease this year, especially in portions of the fields that had compaction issues..


  4. Michigan? Wine grapes?? What were they thinking??? Yes, every once in a while you will get the odd decade where it may seem possible, but there are reasons why wine making is associated with Mediterranean climates – not Michigan’s.

  5. Oh dear.
    I drink too much for my own good so I have signed up for the Stoptober (Stop for October) challenge in which we give up smoking and/or drinking for an entire month to raise funds for the Macmillan cancer research charity. So far I am doing very well thankyou.
    I guess you can call it a ‘dry run’ LOL in preparation for a coming economic and climatic condition in which alcohol consumption will be a distant memory.
    Meantime good health to all.

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