Cold Weather in Early 2023 Hard on Missouri Vineyards

(Farmington) Many of Missouri’s grapes have died on the vine because of a harsh winter and spring.

Jim Anderson is the executive director of the Missouri Wine and Grape Board.

He expects about a 60 to 70-percent reduction of projected crop yields by the time this fall’s harvest rolls around.

Anderson says a large chunk of Missouri’s roughly 18-hundred acres of grapes were damaged by the harsh weather during the first third of 2023.

This is wine country in the Regional Radio listening area.

There’s at least one winery each in Crawford, Iron and Madison counties, there’s two in Perry County, Washington County has four wineries and/or vineyards, there’s at least 8 in Ste. Genevieve County and Jefferson and St. Francois counties have about 10 wineries and/or vineyards each.