Last january, january 6th the official day of the polar vortex we experienced really damaging temperatures. Anywhere from around twenty below zero to about sixteen below zero where it killed the fruiting buds and it killed actual grape vines. And we’ve never experienced any damage like this before. And we’ve never we really didn’t know the extent of the damage on the vines until April May.
In that time frame when we didn’t see any buds developing and even some of the trunks cracked. But the impact of that was dramatic we have no crop at all in our vinifera and we grow varieties like Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Riesling and without any grapes, we were forced to buy a lot of grapes.
But it’s had a huge impact as far as the grape production not to mention the actual wine loss which is two or three years spanning. Because in some of the vineyards that will have to be replaced from the ground up with new vines we will not get the first crop is three to four years out. So the impact is just dramatic and.
Millions and millions of dollars. actually in the viticulture program at Ohio State one of our focus of the research is cold hardiness of grapes. So really that’s one of my expertise in this field of learning more about how grapes cope with freezing with cold in general. After this cold event our growers really needed a lot of help in terms of how to not only assess.
The damage but also how to deal with the vines that are damaged. And we conducted a lot of workshops just to show them how to prune the vines. Our relationship with Ohio State goes way back in the 1980’s We’ve had a long standing relationship with ongoing research in the winery and in the vineyards. Currently with Imed Dami our research stems lately from the.
Cold winter vortex where we’ve had a lot of the vines killed and damaged from the minus twenty degree temperatures. Current research is kind of involved to the extent of the damage to determine the actual damage and to have pruning studies done to see what was the best way to prune these injured vines. We have not had temperatures that cold since 1994 here and.
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