Lodinews.com

default avatar
Welcome to the site! Login or Signup below.
|
||
Logout|My Dashboard

Local winegrape harvest lighter than expected, but quality is high

Print
Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Thursday, December 22, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 6:50 am, Thu Dec 22, 2011.

The winegrape harvest totals for 2011 are in, and they show a common thread of quality over quantity.

Mark Chandler, with the Lodi Winegrape Commission, says wet, cool weather through the growing season led to a lighter crop than expected.

"It was cold and wet in the spring, and the flowering period wasn't fruitful," he said.

In the Lodi area, Zinfandel and Pinot Grigio had the lightest crops, ranging from 20 to 40 percent down from average harvest numbers. Merlot's harvest was about average, Cabernet's returns were down by about 10 percent, and Chardonnay saw a harvest of about 15 to 20 percent below average.

Overall, California saw a harvest of 3.3 million tons of grapes, down from 3.7 million in 2010.

Ed Van Diemen, president of the Lodi District Grape Growers Association, said the late start to harvest didn't put growers or wineries behind. Due to the late rain, there was less fruit to process.

"They needed the fruit, so they were willing to take it in with lower sugar levels than normal," said Van Diemen.

The big issue this year, growers report, was in finding enough labor. Van Diemen said labor resources were tighter this year than he's seen in his 30 years in the industry.

"There was a lot of activity by (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) in the area, and that scared the workers off quite a bit," he said.

Despite the light harvest, local growers are expecting a good wine out of this year's crop.

The cool weather makes for real expressive fruit with a steady balance between the sweetness and acidity, as well as moderate tannins, said Chandler.

While the offical Crush Report won't be available until March 10, with a preliminary report in February, growers report a price appreciation across the board.

"It's headed in the right direction," said Chandler.

Contact reporter Sara Jane Pohlman at sarap@lodinews.com.

More about

More about

More about

Rules of Conduct

  • 1 Use your real name. You must register with your full first and last name before you can comment. (And don't pretend you're someone else.)
  • 2 Keep it clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually oriented language.
  • 3 Don't threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
  • 4 Be truthful. Don't lie about anyone or anything. Don't post unsubstantiated allegations, rumors or gossip that could harm the reputation of a person, company or organization.
  • 5 Be nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
  • 6 Stay on topic. Make sure your comments are about the story. Don't insult each other.
  • 7 Tell us if the discussion is getting out of hand. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
  • 8 Share what you know, and ask about what you don't.

Welcome to the discussion.

Video

Popular Stories

Poll

Loading…

Mailing List

Subscribe to a mailing list to have daily news sent directly to your inbox.

  • Breaking News

    Would you like to receive breaking news alerts? Sign up now!

  • News Updates

    Would you like to receive our daily news headlines? Sign up now!

  • Sports Updates

    Would you like to receive our daily sports headlines? Sign up now!

Manage Your Lists