2012 Michigan wine grapes dodge impacts of poor weather
Michigan wine dodged the bullet.
To the satisfaction of many Michigan wine growers, late blooming wine grapes were unaffected by the 2012 season’s Spring warm and cold-snap that annihilated most of Michigan’s apple and fruit crop, according to a press release.
“The quality of grapes last year was exceptional, perfect ripening conditions of the fruit allowed several grape varieties to perfectly express all their varietal characteristics,” said viticulture assistant professor Paolo Sabbatini in the release. “Much of the fruit harvested last year will produce reserve-quality wine.”
He said Michigan is known for it’s wine and last season only proved it to be more prestigious.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the quantity of Michigan wine produced has doubled in the last ten years, the release reported. In 2,650 acres, the top five wine grapes grown in Michigan are Cabernet Franc, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes.
Sabbatini said MSU has worked with growers in Michigan to adapt their crops to the weather for more than 40 years, which isn’t always an easy task.
“The challenge in Michigan and across the U.S. is matching the right variety with the right site, which will be more and more important, especially as our climate changes,” he said in the release.