Cold Weather Good For Grape Growers

While some are tired of the cold weather, others are welcoming it because it is good for business.

At the Duplin Winery, the largest in the southeast, the wintry weather is great for their grape vines. It puts the vines in a dormant stage until there is consistent warm weather because, preventing them from sprouting before a late cold freeze which would severely damage the vines.

Workers were out pruning the vines Thursday to make room for the 2011 growing season. Wine maker Jason Bryan says the cold also helps control the bugs. "The cold weather is actually great for pests. Obviously they can not tolerate this kind of cold so its helps control the excess pests that may be crawling around or flying around."

Officials say the last two years have been colder than usual which is good for grape growing.

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