Small grape crop cuts wine production by more than half

By Alyssa Donovan

September 29, 2013 Updated Sep 30, 2013 at 8:54 AM CDT

MACKINAW, Ill. -- Owner of Mackinaw Valley Vineyard, Paul Hahn, will be making a lot less wine this year.

"Where as a normal year we'll produce about 5,000 gallons of wine, this year we'll produce maybe 2,000," Hahn said.

That is because this year's grape production was only half of a normal crop.

Some of the varieties produced only 10 percent the typical amount of grapes, others none at all.

Hahn said it was not the summer drought that caused the lackluster crop, but the rainy spring.

"What really affected us was the springtime, it was cool and wet and it rained a tremendous amount in the early spring," Hahn said. "That was really what affected us so much that some of the grape variety never even set fruit."

However, less wine from this year's crop does not mean there will be a shortage.

Wine only gets better with age and Hahn said there are several varieties that have been saved up over the years.

"Especially with our reds we are just releasing wines that are three and four years old now," he said.

In a few years, when wines from the 2013 crop are released, you may want to get your hands on a bottle.

Hahn said these grapes are going to make an especially great tasting vintage.

"On a harsh year and a hard year the grapes do tend to be more flavorful, a little sweeter and a little more intense flavor," he said.

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