Freezing nights could impact wine production at vineyards

GENEVA, Ohio – Northeast Ohio is known for many things, including wine and cold, but sometimes the two just don’t mix.

At Ferrante’s in Geneva, as they prepare for their busiest time of the year, Nicholas Ferrante goes out every day to check on his crops.

When it comes to harvesting and making wine, all seasons play an important role.

During the fall, the vine goes dormant, begins to prune in winter and then comes spring when the vine has started to grow.

The only problem is that with longer winters and continuous freezing nights, instead of growing, some of those buds might freeze.

“When we have a night like last night where it was 26 or 27 degrees, it damages those buds and it could lead to the loss of the tonnage of grapes that are going to be produced,” Ferrante said.

If these buds freeze, it could also affect the bottles on the shelf.

“Less wine produced means we have less product to sell. So it trickles down from the grapes through the wine to the sales. So it’s just a loss along the way,” Ferrante said.

Ferrante says they have machines in place to help on those cold nights, but below certain temperatures that machine isn’t as effective. So for Ferrante he will only have to wait a few days until he knows how his harvest has gone.

“We could take like a razor knife, and we could cut into it, if they’re green inside, that means they’re alive. If they’re brown inside or black, they didn’t survive,” Ferrante said.

Ferrante says that even if their harvests suffer, they have relationships with other wineries in different states that they could work with to continue producing their wine.

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