Question: What about 2023 Spring frosts in North American vineyards?
Answer: Yes, frost is becoming an increasingly difficult issue almost everywhere for grape growing vineyards. Earlier bud break and shoot growth makes the vines more susceptible than before to dangerous Spring frost-freezing damage. Check out the last decade in Chablis. Losses vary a lot by individual vineyard sites but at least grape vines are able to produce a second bloom compared to fruit trees – like apple & peach – which can’t. The month of May saw widespread frost damage in the Eastern regions of North America with New York Finger Lakes very badly hit with obviously a much reduced anticipated wine production for 2023. Continue to monitor the results. Another important freezing concern is extremely cold winter temperatures that affect the production of the vines. Winemaker Severine Pinte & Managing Partner Rasoul Salehi of Le Vieux Pin & La Stella in the
South Okanagan tell me that their impressive Syrah vines have been very badly affected by the extremely cold prolonged winter temperatures with up to nearly 100% loss for 2023. They may have to diversify further in the future to include hardier grape varieties. Worrisome.
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