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Winemakers thrilled with this year's weather, best harvest to date

POSTED: Tuesday, August 21, 2012 - 3:51pm
UPDATED: Thursday, August 23, 2012 - 3:49pm

BRYAN -- While many farmers across the U.S. have been struggling this summer in one of the worst droughts to ever hit the Midwest, grape growers here in Central Texas have been thriving in these weather conditions.

In fact, winemakers tell us, they're having one of the best harvest seasons in more than 25 years.

The vineyard has been picked and the barrels of grapes are overflowing.

An excellent sight for Paul Bonarrigo, a sixth generation winemaker, to see as the harvest season comes to a close.

"It's a bountiful year this year, 2012. A great crop."

Because of last summer's drought Bonarrigo says the quantity was down but the quality of the grapes were at their peak, producing one of the best harvests up until now.

"This year the vines came back with tremendous vigor, tremendous canopy, and they were healthy looking plants."

This year's weather has been a perfect combination of wet and dry. Creating the best growing condition for the grape vines the vineyard has ever seen.

Last year Messina Hof produced around 350 tons. This harvest, they'll double that.

"This year we're going to process 800 tons so it's a huge difference from last year."

A season that'll go down in the history books as one of the best on record.

"We refer to this one as the harvest of the century because so far this has been the best crop," says Bonarrigo.



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