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2014 Virginia Grape Harvest Tops 8,000 tons
 
03.27.2015
 
Chardonnay is top vinifera variety in state, where total wine grape acreage is 3,144
 
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Richmond, Va.—The 2014 wine grape harvest in Virginia produced more than 8,000 tons, despite some vineyards suffering from frigid winter temperatures and spring frosts.

According to a report about statewide grape production released this month by the Virginia Grape Board, the 2014 harvest came in at 8,039 tons—17% more than 2013. The top three varieties in the state were Chardonnay (1,104 tons), Merlot (995 tons) and Cabernet Franc (964 tons). Hybrid grapes accounted for 23% of the state’s total production, and Vidal Blanc was the leading hybrid variety with 741 tons. Based on the voluntary survey, the state is home to 3,144 acres of vineyards, of which 2,459 acres are planted to vinifera grapes.


 
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Is Organic Grape Growing Possible in the East?
 
03.26.2015
 
Viticulturists relay their thoughts about eschewing conventional farming
 
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Penn State grape pathologist Bryan Hed (pictured at the Lake Erie Regional Grape Research and Extension Center) spoke about organic grapegrowing during the Eastern Winery Exposition in Syracuse, N.Y.
Syracuse, N.Y.—With summer temperatures that exceed 100° F and winters known for deadly freezes, growing grapes east of the Rocky Mountains has its fair share of challenges. On March 19, the final day of the Eastern Winery Exposition, two viticulture specialists shared their thoughts about an even more risky proposition: growing grapes organically in the east.
 
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