Vineyards thrive during the drought

POSTED: Thursday, August 4, 2011 - 4:41pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am

BRYAN -- Bloomberg just released numbers listing the condition of Texas crops and pastures as 93-percent poor to very poor.

That's the highest in the country but grape growers are loving these conditions.

Winemaker, Paul Bonarrigo, couldn't ask for better weather conditions.

"Grape vines are able to live very nicely without a lot of water so they are very drought hardy," said Bonarrigo.

He explains that the lack of rain makes the grapes more ripe .

"The quality of the fruit is dramatically better than it's ever been so this will be a fabulous harvest and a great vintage."

Although Bonarrigo has seen a five to 10 percent decrease in the size of grape clusters, the dry ground means the grapes will have a much better flavor.

"You wind up with wines that are thicker, richer, floral, a lot more sustentative than in a normal year. "

Grape vines do better in dry weather because too much rain can damage them, so the vines here in Central Texas are doing better than ever.

"It's one of those wonderful agricultural stories this year, where a drought can actually enhance an industry," Bonarrigo said.

Other parts of the country haven't been so lucky as they've experienced much wetter conditions.

So thanks to the drought, Bonarrigo says the Texas wine industry will produce some of the tastiest in the country.


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