A deluge of rain (and even an unlikely December snow) in 2018 has posed challenges this year for grapes growing in Virginia and North Carolina. Some area wineries have reported crop losses of 20 to 40 percent due to problems during bloom this year. Grape vines do best under dry conditions, so what do our region’s wineries do when it’s just too wet for wine?
Too much water brings the risk of spoilage and disease on the vines. Worse yet, too much rain could affect the flavors in the grape and make your favorite wines less than perfect. Too much rain could lessen the grapes sugar content as well as alter the acidity, both could drastically change the taste of the wines made.
2018 has been one of the wettest years on record and is causing winemakers more work to keep the vines growing properly and the grapes from rotting. Also, since the grapes must be pollinated in order to become fruit, the rain is washing the pollen away. Ultimately, the wineries in our region will be hard-pressed to produce the wine that they can on average years.
It’s just that great wines may not be in the forecast this year, so it may be smart to head out to your favorite wineries soon and stock up on the wines you like most. Production very likely will not be the same because of the rain.
If you’re stocking up, you should be storing up. Book your Vino Vault at Extra Space Storage today – In Charlottesville, VA call 434 270 8379 | In Charlotte, NC call 980 498 8004