Dry Weather Good News for VA Wine

The Virginia Farm Bureau says the state's wine grape crop is thriving thanks to a dry summer.

State viticulturist Tony Wolf says the crop is generally above-average in quantity. But Wolf said there is some concern for younger vineyards.

Harvest for Virginia's wine grapes begins in mid- to late-August and runs through October.

The state ranks eighth nationally in commercial grape production and is host to 250 vineyards and nearly 130 wineries. The state's top three wine grape varieties are Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon.

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