The latest information from the New York Wine & Grape Foundation is that this year’s state grape crop is estimated at 170,000 tons. To put that figure in perspective, it is 28% higher than last year but near the long-term average for the state.
The 2009 Concord crop (right), which represented about two-thirds of the total harvest, was unusually small due to unfavorable weather patterns, though this year the Chautauqua-Lake Erie grape belt has had great weather. says the NYW&GF. Its update states:
“New York’s other grape regions have enjoyed excellent weather as well, and harvesting will begin from one to three weeks ahead of the normal schedule, reducing the risk of a severe fall frost prematurely ending the harvest. Going into the harvest season, potential quality is looking excellent, but weather patterns during the next two months will ultimately determine that.”
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