It looks like last year’s drought may actually lead to a bumper crop of the grapes that lead to high-quality wines this year:
MOUNT CRAWFORD, Va. (AP) — A statewide drought that damaged crops last year was a bitter pill to swallow for some farmers.
But it’s left some winemakers with the sweet taste of success.
Vineyards in Shenandoah and Rockingham counties have seen a rise in production in past years. And the drought last year, producers say, caused vines to produce smaller clusters of potent, sweet grapes, resulting in uniquely flavorful, more intense wines.
Now, growers at Virginia’s more than 100 wineries are preparing to harvest grapes once again in September and October, and are eyeing the vines for more success.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the amount of Virginia land supporting wineries increased from 2,100 acres in 2006 to 2,400 in 2007.
Sounds like there’s some sampling in my future.