Grapes can thrive is this kind of weather

Triple digit temperatures and lack of rainfall can spell disaster for many farmers and gardeners. But there's one crop that is able to survive these conditions and actually thrive until harvest.

Andy Collver and his family have been in the wine making business for over a decade and he said this is by far one of the best growing seasons he's seen. It's all due to the triple digit temperatures and a lack of rain.

"The berries are going to be smaller and therefore be more concentrated.The ratio of skin to pulp is smaller. So a lot of the red flavors come out of the skin. And it makes for a more intense flavorful wine," Collver said.

Collver also said the reason why the grapes are smaller is because they're shrinking due to the lack of moisture. He adds it's a natural way for the grape to protect itself. He says if there was a lot of rain, it would be a disaster to his crop.

"A couple of year ago we had a lot of rain at harvest and that will do the opposite for us. It will expand the berries and they will start to crack and that will bring in honey bees," Collver said.

The grape vines that Collver tends were planted back in the late 1990s. That has allowed their root system to go down into the earth at least 10 to 15 feet. That in turn has allowed them to survive and thrive and allowed the 2012 grape harvest to be one for the record books.

Collver said some of the grapes were nipped by the frost in early April.
But he said they recovered and now he's looking at a harvest that many folks will remember.