Frigid temperatures impact Northeast Ohio wineries this spring

Frigid temperatures this past winter have made for a bitter spring for many Northeast Ohio wineries.

For four generations Tony Debevc's family has owned Chalet Debonne Vineyards weathering plenty of storms, but none quite measure up to the damage now left behind from last winter.

"We've been planting grapes as a family since 1916," said Debevc. "This is like you have a fire and half your building is in perfect shape and the other half is destroyed."

A new study from Ohio State University is projecting a loss of 97 percent of this year's crop of grapes used in popular wines like chardonnay, riesling, and pinot noir.

Overall experts anticipate the damage to vineyard across the state will amount to nearly $4 million dollars.

"We do need some outside help from the state and federal government to get us through these tough times…like they've helped other communities for hurricanes and tornadoes I think this is our tornado here in Northeast Ohio," said Debevc.


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