Dear Friends,

Our 2014 harvest is approaching. The season is later this year. The cooler weather is causing slower ripening. We think it is going to be another 10 days to two weeks before the Concords and Niagara are ready.

Last winter’s cold weather caused losses to the area wine grapes. We also lost our Catawba vines. One would have expected the Niagara grapes to have suffered, however they have nice crop hanging. As for Concords, many of the primary buds were damaged. When primary buds are damaged, secondary buds grow. Secondary buds produce a smaller crop and ripen later. The secondary buds are another reason for the slower ripening this year.

We will keep you posted as the season progresses.

-The Grape Cluster Family

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