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Grape Growers See an Increase in Crops this Year

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Harvest started two days earlier this season compared to last year. Harvest started two days earlier this season compared to last year.
 PASCO, WA- Grapes are expected to increase compared to last year due to the warmer temperatures.

Growers usually harvest grapes during the first week of September, but this year growers at Sagemoor Farms started grape harvest Monday.  The warmer temperatures helped grapes grow more than expected.

“Last year was a warm year and the harvest was probably at least a week maybe 10 days ahead of normal, but this week is ahead of that,” said Sagemoor Vineyard Manager Derek Way.

Way said the temperatures have been warmer for the past two years are a big reason why grapes will see a higher increase this year.  Chardonnay grapes are also earlier this year by a couple of weeks, which has driven demand for grapes and wines up.

“There's a big demand especially for some of the varietals we have, so prices have been going up, demand is strong,” said Way.

The early harvest will not affect the quality of grapes.  Sagemoor has tested bathes of grapes to check for quality of taste and acid levels. 

Sagemoor is not sure exactly how big of an increase to expect, but they do expect to see higher numbers compared to last year.
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