Mich. wine industry may suffer after years of bad crops
Traverse City — Officials say northern Michigan’s wine industry may suffer following two consecutive years of disappointing grape crops.
MLive.com reports the region’s 2015 crop was hit by a long, cold winter that was followed by a late spring frost and capped by August hail damage.
Linda Jones, a program manager for the Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council, says shoppers likely won’t notice the effect this fall since some are still selling 2013 wines. She says vintners may produce more hard cider this winter to offset the lost grape production
Wine grape farmer Joe Herman is ripping out 5 acres of vines on his property in southwestern Michigan, replacing them with heartier varieties after two extreme winters. The 60-year-old tells the Detroit Free Press: “You adapt to your circumstances or die.”