Vineyard shares how a surplus of rain impacted harvest

(ABC 6 News) – Many thought there would be an early grape harvest this year at local wineries. But it looks as if things are going to be a little delayed.

Harvesters at Four Daughters Vineyard and Winery in Spring Valley said it’s been an interesting year. There were long periods of dry and hot weather. Typically, grapes do not need a lot of rain.

Last weekend, harvesters took in their first couple acres of grapes harvesting them after four days of solid rain. More wine can actually be made because of how much moisture the grapes absorbed.

"I was excited about the grapes that we took in these past weekend, the acids were lower than they normally are and so we got a real good shot at making some nice dry wines, which is a little bit more difficult around here. But the grapes that we picked this past weekend will lend themselves to that a little bit better," said Justin Osborne, Executive winemaker, Four Daughters Vineyard and Winery.

Four Daughters Vineyard and Winery will hold its annual grape stomp Saturday, September 11. Prizes will be awarded for the winning stompers, finalists, and the best-costumed team.