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Wine grape growers on the high plains meet harvest just in time despite recent rains

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The grapes are already off the vines cross the high plains, harvest season ended about a month ago. Wine growers were able to beat the recent rain and harvest just in time.

"This year with it being La Niña, the weather events that are happening, hurricanes and what not when the rains were coming they were torrential and were lasting for too long of  a time span," said Katie Jane Seaton, executive director of the High Plains Wine Growers Association. "So wineries and growers alike it is always a working partnership made the decision to bring the crop in as soon as possible in that last window."

Wine growing is a continuous process and there are several logistics involved during the harvest and there were a few set backs this year, due to a series of severe storms. 

"The younger vines on the vines varieties that we had planted that we don't have a lot of history yet in Texas as far as there cold hardiness, they took a bit of a hit," said Seaton. "That showed up on the yield side in our whites early on as we were pulling things off in the first beginning of the harvest the whites were down considerably." 

Looking ahead Seaton said any rain after the harvest is always welcome, consistency, sunny days, and cool nights are what growers hope to see for the next growing season. 

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