The Canadian PressJanuary 28, 2014 22:16
NAPA, Calif. - With California in the grips of severe drought, Napa Valley wine grape growers on Tuesday said some vines are ripening early and that farmers are planning fewer crops to save water.
Vineyard owners are pruning earlier than usual and on a shorter schedule, Domenick Bianco of Renteria Vineyard Management said.
If the Valley does not see late winter or spring rains, 2014 will yield a smaller crop.
"Water amount determines yield. If you use 80 per cent less water than last year, you could see 80 per cent of the crop," Bianco said.