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2019 Harvest from Connecticut to Minnesota "difficult" growing season, with one exception: Ohio!

Dec. 13, 2019

The grape growing season in the East and upper Midwest during 2019 has been described as “difficult,” although the problems growers faced in the East were somewhat different than those in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. The only region reporting excellent quality grapes and good yields is Ohio. Tony DeBevc, owner of Debonne Vineyards in Madison, OH told Wine Business Monthly, “2019 was the best year we ever had. Every variety from Sémillon and Malbec to Concord had quality grapes and a good, solid crop across the board.”

Diane Kinney, research assistant, and Dr. Imed Dami, professor of horticulture and crop science at Ohio State University, reported in the October issue of the Ohio Grape-Wine Electronic Newsletter, “While compared to the past three years, the 2019 GDD (growing degree days) accumulation was not the highest. However, the abundance of sunshine, dry conditions, and cool nights have created nearly perfect weather conditions for optimum fruit maturity. We can’t wait to taste the wines from the stellar 2019 vintage!”


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Written by:  Linda Jone McKee,