NJ winemakers worry about low-yields

    By: Phil Gregory

    New Jersey winemakers are now harvesting this year’s grapes. But they’re worried about what the vineyards may yield.

    By: Phil Gregory
    philgregorynews@gmail.com

    New Jersey winemakers are now harvesting this year’s grapes. But they’re worried about what the vineyards may yield.

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    All the rain this summer led to some mold and mildew in New Jersey vineyards that prompted growers to spend more money to control with spraying of oils or chemicals.

    Too much moisture also caused some of the grapes to rot.

    Louis Caracciola, the owner of Almatha Cellars winery in Atco says the cool weather now is also posing some concerns.

    Caracciola: We had rainy season and now in the ripening process we need hotter days than we’re getting so I would say it’s going to be a B or B+ harvest. It’s not a total disaster. Some varieties are.

    Caracciolo says the Chardonnay grapes do not have full flavor because of the weather but anticipates the late season Cabernet grapes should be in good shape. There are 34 commercial wineries in New Jersey and most of the wine they produce is sold at the wineries or at wine festivals held around the state.

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