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.
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