Recent weather causing vineyards to suffer

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MONTPELIER, Va. (AP) -- The weather is causing major headaches for vineyard managers across Virginia this year.

WWBT-TV reports that many of the primary buds on grapevines died during freezes in early April. That means vineyards are relying on secondary buds, which produce much less fruit.

James Batterson, co-owner of James River Cellars, says that the best case scenario for two of his grape varieties this year is half an expected harvest.

Barboursville Vineyards estimates it lost 35 percent of its Chardonnay crop and 50 percent of Nebbiolo. Trump Winery says it lost at least ten percent of its crop.

Vineyard managers say they hope the next couple weeks will be dry and warm to help what's left of their crop.

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