Weekend Frost, a Blight to Budding Grapevines

With temperatures soaring back up in the 70’s today, the chill over the weekend already seems a distant memory – except to grape growers across the region.

Near-record high temperatures during April and May lured hibernating grapevines into early budding. With temperatures this past weekend having dropped as low as 27 degrees, the delicate buds were susceptible to freezing, killing many of them off. Some grape growers are in a “wait and see” mode, hoping that secondary buds will appear in the coming weeks while others are already estimating  30-50% crop loss.

This year’s grape crops will affect wines that will be available in 2017.

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Lauren Voigt

Lauren launched Minnesota Uncorked™ to encourage exploration of wine. When she's not masquerading as a wine writer on the internet, Lauren earns her keep as a marketing specialist in the wine industry. Lauren can be reached at lauren@mnuncorked.com. She is WSET Certified Level III (Distinction), a Certified Wine Professional (CWP) through Saint Paul College, and a Spanish Wine Scholar (SWS) through Vine Lab Wine & Spirts Academy.
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