Missouri Winemakers Report Late Harvest

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ROCHEPORT- Missouri's 2013 grape harvest is three weeks behind as a result of harsh weather conditions in April and May. The grapes, on average, start their annual growth cycle in mid-April, otherwise known as bud break, but this year's bud break started on May 2.

Grape vines are similar to trees in that trees lose their leaves in the winter. Grape vines store energy through the winter.

Les Bourgeois Vineyards winemaker, Jacob Holman said, "This is the latest harvest I have ever seen, the last time is was a late harvest was in 2008."

Though the harvest is behind schedule, there is no direct effect on sales and marketing for wines in Missouri, because the wine being processed will not be sold until 2014. 

"I don't know much about the wine process, but I do hope the late harvest will not effect the wine," said retiree Mary Fangman. "Today [Monday] is a beautiful day and for it to be Labor Day, what better day is there to go wine tasting?" 

Les Bourgeois Vineyards will be processing grapes until mid-October as long as there is no severe weather change.