Most Ohio wineries were spared a devastating late-season freeze a few weeks ago, but those operators may notice a delayed impact.
The cold weather all but ruined many crops of grapes in Lake and Ashtabula counties. While worrisome to other vineyard owners, the temperature didn't drop quite as low around here. The freeze still poses a regional problem.
"The impact is that there are certain grape varieties that I'm looking to purchase in the fall and those aren't going to be available," said Andy Troutman, owner of The Winery at Wolf Creek.
Troutman says it's common for wine producers to grow much of their main ingredient, but also purchase grapes from other growers. As a result, demand will likely exceed supply and that generally means higher prices.
"I think that's the concern now is that there will not be enough grapes come harvest time in the fall to meet all the demands of all the wineries and, as a result, I think prices will probably be on the upswing," said Troutman.
Troutman says he'll notice the prices in a few months, but any possible increase at the consumer level may not be felt for another 12 - 18 months.
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