Frigid weather could cost Colorado grape growers $5 million |

Frigid weather could cost Colorado grape growers $5 million

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – December’s sub-zero temperatures could cost some western Colorado grape producers up to $5 million in table grapes and wine.

State viticulturist Horst Caspari of the Colorado State University Research Station on Orchard Mesa says frost killed nearly all the vines in parts of Mesa County. He says if the hardest hit areas produce no grapes this year, the loss would be about 480 tons of fruit.

But Caspari say the overall impact to the state’s wine production is likely less than 20 percent because crops outside Mesa County are all right. He says the impact won’t be as big as in the 2006-2007 season, when half the crop was lost to cold weather.

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