A killing frost over the October 18-19 weekend ended the grape harvest in Western New York and most other regions of the state, Buffalo Business First reports.
But the season was winding down and little negative impact is anticipated, the New York Wine & Grape Foundation said.
In most regions, the crop was larger than expected and overall quality was “very good to excellent,” said the Canandaigua-based trade group’s president, James Tresize. “A significant concern, however, was the surplus of some grape varieties which in the past have had strong demand.”
In the Lake Erie Grape Belt, which includes Chautauqua County, Tresize said, “Concord grapes for juice still have some ripening to do in vineyards not affected by the frost in order to meet required quality levels.”