Blankets of Snow Helpful to Grape Growers
After several tough years, local wineries are back on their feet and expecting big success in 2013. Gail Puryear, owner of Bonair Winery says an increased amount of snow has helped, which is something that does not happen every year.
The past two winters did not have enough snow on the ground and it was so cold that grapes froze. Blankets of snow are a source of insulation to keep roots from freezing, and this year there was plenty of it. It was also warmer, but until February's pruning season, they're not out of the woods yet.
If all goes as planned, wine makers think this will help improve Yakima's local economy in 2013. They hope these great seasons continue so the Ag-economy can thrive.