Idaho’s Wine Grape Crop Rebounds After 2015
CALDWELL, Idaho (AP) — Idaho's wine grape crop is rebounding after a small harvest in 2015. The Capital Press reports that a November 2014 freeze sharply reduced the amount of wine grapes available in 2015.
This year, however, growers and vintners say the yields are 50 to 100 percent above last year's, making the harvest slightly larger than normal. Some growers told the Capital Press that they won't finish picking the remainder of the crop because they've already harvested plenty of grapes.
Winemaker Martin Fujishin owns Fujishin Family Cellars in Caldwell. He says it took a lot of work for growers to get vines back in shape after the 2014 freeze, but things seem to have gotten back to normal. The Idaho Wine Commission says this year's weather has been favorable for grapes.