Dry, Hot New England Weather Means Smaller But Higher Quality Harvest

Unpredictable weather patterns leave grape growers unsure of what each yield will return. A warm and dry New England summer meant smaller yields for most grape growers in the region this year.

Cornell University scientists found a silver lining to the reduced harvest, noting that the grapes we did get are higher quality and intensely flavored. Furthermore, dry conditions also mean fewer crop diseases. While a smaller yield is by no means ideal, there are positive effects that come from the change in weather.

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