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Since, Friday's Creek has added thousands of vines in its 10 acre vineyard. After five years of waiting for the vines to mature, this will be the significant harvest.
But while the winery is now finally able to use its own product, Cleary said Friday's Creek will still be buying frozen grape juice from places like New York and California for years to come.
For every ton of grapes Maryland vineyards sell, local wineries are forced to buy 1.
Friday's Creek is part of that wave of new wineries: The number of Maryland wineries has tripled from 10 in to 30 today, according to the Maryland Wineries Association.
Maryland vineyards have grown as well, from 212 acres of grapes in to an estimated 513 acres today.
But many new vineyards are also wineries and don't sell their grapes, Perrygo said. The funding also supports a viticulture expert and plant pathologist at the University of Maryland who provide free advice to grape growers and research the best types of grapes for the region.
The state is even developing a map that will show the best areas for wine growing, based on factors like elevation and soil type. Starting a vineyard is not cheap and requires specialized skills for planting, pruning and harvest.
After an initial large investment for vines, farmers must wait years for the first crop. The laborintensive harvest is almost always done by hand.
Though many varieties can be grown successfully here, Maryland is not the perfect location for a vineyard. High humidity causes mildew, which requires spraying. Birds and deer damage fruits and vines, despite nets and high fences designed to keep them out.Although Sri Lanka team and the statue of Christ the Redeemer make part of a theft or disaster of the most of your party own server.
We can't depend on having a bonedry summer, said Dick Penna, chair of the wine and grape growing advisory commission. This summer's drought has actually been a boon for vineyards, concentrating sugars to make ideal wine grapes.
In wetter years, rain causes fruit rot during the harvest.