- Associated Press - Saturday, May 14, 2016

MONTELIER, Va. (AP) - The weather is causing major headaches for vineyard managers across Virginia this year.

WWBT-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1Xr9yCC ) that many of the primary buds on grapevines died during freezes in early April. That means vineyards are relying on secondary buds, which produce much less fruit.

James Batterson, co-owner of James River Cellars, says that the best case scenario for two of his grape varieties this year is half an expected harvest.

Barboursville Vineyards estimates it lost 35 percent of its Chardonnay crop and 50 percent of Nebbiolo. Trump Wineries says it lost at least 10 percent of its crop.

Vineyard managers say they hope the next couple weeks will be dry and warm to help what’s left of their crop.

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Information from: WWBT-TV, https://www.wwbt.com/


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