A freeze in early April may have wiped out the majority of Southwestern Michigan’s grape crop. Reports say that possibly the entire grape crop grown for Welch's Foods in southwest Michigan has been lost. More than 90 percent of the primary buds on Welch’s contracted grapes may have been affected. For winegrowers, it appears things might be a bit better - losses could be as little as 10-50 percent, depending on location and varietal.
I had the opportunity to ride through the area on my bike Saturday and it was sad to see grapevines with nary a single leaf. As a fan of the area's wineries, I take solace that it’s still very early and a good chance we'll see improvement the next time we return to the Lake Michigan Shore AVA.
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