After two years of harsh winters have taken their toll on Michigan vineyards, this year’s warmer weather is being seen as a blessing.
That’s according to Justin Leshinskey, Director of Sales for Bowers Harbor Vineyards in Traverse City.
Leshinskey said he couldn’t have asked for better conditions for their vineyard’s silver anniversary.
“We’re hoping for a wonderful year this year, in fact this year is going to be our 25th anniversary. We’re hoping, if mother nature and the farming Gods allow, that we’ll have the best 25th harvest that we can.”
This year he expects the best yield he’s had in years.
“It’s been warmer, like I said the bay hasn’t frozen over, we’ve had some great snow, and that’s insulated the vines. Also too, ya know, the vines, after not really producing a lot of fruit the last few years, they’ve got a lot of energy stored up. They’re ready to do their job as long as mother nature allows them to.”
Leshinskey said Michigan is the 4th largest producer of grapes in the nation.
Leshinskey said although it’s been warm, it hasn’t been warm enough for the vines to wake up just yet.
Due to that, he’s not afraid of a late winter frost damaging the crop.