Harsh Ohio winter damages wine industry


DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio winemakers will ask for federal aid to help them recover after the harsh winter that all but wiped out many varieties of grapes.

A winter damage survey report from Ohio State University researchers says the extreme subzero temperatures devastated the 2014 vintage of some varieties of wines and caused around $4 million in damage to Ohio wineries.

The Dayton Daily News (http://bit.ly/1lMW8Af ) reports that the frigid temperatures caused a projected loss of 97 percent of the 2014 crop of grape varieties of European heritage that are most well-known to consumers, such as chardonnay, riesling, cabernet franc and pinot noir.

The OSU report was based on a survey of 62 grape producers in 35 counties. Some of those vineyards reported temperatures as low as 27 below zero.


Information from: Dayton Daily News, http://www.daytondailynews.com

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