Local wineries affected by California earthquake


BERLIN CENTER, Ohio (WKBN) — At least one local winery could be feeling the after shocks from last weekend’s earthquake in California, not just when it comes to producing wine this year, but with their supplies down the road.

“Mother Nature can do some really bad things for our company here,” said local winemaker Charles Crespi.

Crespi is the head winemaker at Luva Bella Winery. The grapes he uses to produce wine come from California, in an area that was rocked last week by a magnitude six earthquake.

He said his business could be feeling the aftershock for years down the road.

“In the vineyards alone there’s a lot of cracking, a lot of decamation of the crop itself, so just to be able to get to the grapes may prolong it by another week or two and when you delay that your grape could suffer in quality,” explained Crespi.

The recent quake isn’t the only thing rattling the now-booming wine industry. The folks at Mastropietro Winery grow some of their own grapes.

Winemaker Daniel Mastropietro said they’re still thawing out from the deep freeze.

“The grapes this year are at least three weeks behind after that wild winter we had and hopefully the summer is long enough to ripen them or we will lose our grapes again this year,” said Mastopietro.

Both winemakers said that their business is directly impacted by Mother Nature whether it’s in California or in the Valley.

“I mean we’re just considered a farmer, I mean the grapes have to grow we have to harvest them we need the weather so it’s all Mother Nature,” said Mastopietro.

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