Outlook of wine makers varied in light of wet weather
With the country in the midst of a summer that continues to offer nothing but wet weather, UK wine makers have offered differing outlooks on their grape harvests, according to an article published by Decanter.
Around 150mm of rain fell in June - in excess of double the average amount - which hasnt benefitted wineries at all. However, despite the poor weather, marketing manager at Ridgeview, Mardi Roberts, stated: "We got through the frost season very well."
She continued: "and now weve just started to flower. The next couple of days are crucial for fruit set."
Roberts also added that the company were utilising machines to blow the caps - which can get stuck in the rain and hinder pollination - off of the flowers.
Camel Valleys Bob Lindo was slightly less optimistic though.
He stated: "We dont necessarily need sun, but we need a good temperature and no rain. If it continues to rain like this for the next two weeks were in danger of losing a large proportion of the crop."
Owen Elias of Hush Heath held a similar opinion, stating: "We need dry, warm weather now, and I dont know if were going to get it. But something usually happens - its very rare to get a complete failure, and at this stage there is no point trying to predict the harvest."
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Date added:12/07/2012 11:06:11