This summer’s heat wave not an issue for local winemakers

The moderate drought doesn't have winemakers worried just yet, because grapes don't like to have their feet too wet

The moderate drought doesn't have winemakers worried just yet, because grapes don't like to have their feet too wet.


BERLIN CENTER, Ohio (WKBN) – This summer’s dry, hot conditions have those who garden, farm or even make wine across the Valley feeling the heat.

Even with the rain from this weekend, the area is still about half an inch behind on rainfall for the month.

Vineyards are found all across Ohio and Pennsylvania, one specifically in Berlin Center, called Mastropietro Winery. The winery’s president, Daniel Mastropietro, explained that growing grapes in the northeast can be a bit challenging.

He said although this summer has been tough for many growers and farmers, he’s not concerned about his vineyard, normally his worry is having too much rain.

So, the moderate drought doesn’t have him worried just yet, because grapes don’t like to have their feet too wet.

“The vines like about an inch of rain a week, and we are kind of falling short of that. I haven’t noticed the stress yet but if it continues this way I’m sure there will be some,” Mastropietro said.

He also said the vineyard doesn’t have an irrigation system set up because there normally isn’t a need for one, but if the weather continues to stay dry he may have to bring in water to help.

Last week’s heatwave also doesn’t have him too concerned.

“It could be 80 and sunshine and 90 and sunshine and it would produce the same grape,” Mastropietro said.

Ohio winters are what worry him the most. Overall though, he’s expecting a really great harvest this year, which is good news for wine lovers.

 

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