NY Wines Thrive Despite International Shortage
DUNDEE---(WENY) There is just not enough wine in the world according to researchers from Morgan Stanley. Their report shows international demand for wine is falling short by 300 million cases each year.
Global production dropped by 5% last year due mostly to bad weather in France and Argentina. And, consumption is going up. The world's most populous country, China, is now the third biggest wine consumer, behind France and the US.
Other factors also come into play. Steve DiFrancesco, Wine Maker for Glenora Winery says, "What does tend to impact things is that a varietal becomes more popular. And it takes a few years to plant a vineyard. It actually takes five years to get a full crop."
Despite the international wine shortage, it was a very good year for wine here in the Finger Lakes. Local wine enthusiast, Suzanne Clark says, " I'm extremely happy about that. I enjoy NY State Wine. I think it's beautiful that we have the vineyards here."
In fact, this year was so good, many wineries ended up with more grapes than they could handle. DiFrancesco says that their grape crop was above average and they had trouble fitting all of them intothe tanks.
Though the world-wide shortage isn't really making a huge impact Upstate, New york wineries have definitely seen their fair share of the shortfall in seasons past.
DiFrancesco says, "Reisling is a variety that the Finger Lakes is known for. So for a a while there was a bit of a shortage, but we're catching up with that because more has been planted."