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"Beautiful Weather" For Finger Lakes Grape Harvest: However, the Covid-19 pandemic and a cut-back in purchases affect grape prices

September 09, 2020

The weather helped many wineries cope with the reduced number of tasting room visitors, as those who did arrive in person could be served outside and enjoy a leisurely visit. Very warm temperatures and a lack of rain also had an impact on the vineyards: the grapes are ripening earlier this year, but berry size is smaller due to the dry weather. Hans Walter-Peterson, viticulture specialist with the Finger Lakes Grape Program at Cornell Cooperative Extension, noted that harvest is still in its "early throes" and while the early hybrid grapes are ripe, tonnage is down.