HERMANN, Mo. (KMOX) – There are plenty of grapes in Missouri’s vineyards but the plants have gone into survival mode due to the drought and excessive heat.
Vice President at Stone Hill John Held says the grapes would normally begin to start the ripening process but if the hot dry weather continues during this time it could mean several things like a less fruity taste in some varieties. He says sun-burn can also give some grapes a raisin flavor.
The Missouri crop is entering the ripening period and the next month or so will tell the story.
But trouble could be in store next year: “While I have concerns over this year’s vine status because of the drought I actually have a bigger concern over the crop we’ll have next year” said Held. That is because next year’s buds are being formed now.
He says what Missouri grapes need now are moderate temperatures, cooler night and adequate moisture.