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NC vineyards face challenging harvesting season

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GIBSONVILLE, N.C.—It is a big month for vineyards across the state as wine makers begin harvesting their fall grapes. The summer's wet weather and cooler temperatures have made it a difficult season for some growers.

Grove Winery and Vineyards said it’s had to wait a bit longer to begin picking their first batch of fall grapes.

"We're trying to get the grapes to hang a little bit longer, to get some more sun and bring up the sugar content," Dick Carstens, Vineyard Manager, said.

While it is too soon to tell if the state will see an extremely fruitful harvest, vineyards said they would love to finish the season with some sunshine.

"This weather here at the end of the year, if we can get these sunny days and cool nights like we've been having, that could really help the vintage a lot," Max Lloyd, Owner of Grove Winery and Vineyards, said.

But don't expect to see the Spanish red grapes they are picking to head to your table anytime soon. This batch will spend up to two years in barrels before they are bottle ready.

"Tempranillo is a high end red wine so it will be about two years before it's on the shelf," Lloyd said. "So we'll finish fermenting it and it will be a young wine within a week but then we'll put it in the barrels and let it age."

While the weather has been challenging, Carstens said he hopes to finish the season in full bloom.

"The epitome of the whole year is having a good harvest. You work all winter, spring and summer and now it's coming to an end,” Carstens said.

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