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Wineries say this year’s harvest looks ‘fantastic’

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Updated: October 29, 2013 6:07AM



BLOOMINGTON — Indiana winery owners are celebrating what one calls a “fun year” after seeing their crops hit hard by last year’s blazing heat and drought.

Oliver Winery President Bill Oliver said he’s expecting a “fantastic” crop after a hot, dry spell in August arrived just in time for the start of the ripening period. Jim Butler said he had to water grapes at Butler Winery and Vineyards last year for the first time in 20 years and wasn’t able to make some varieties of wine.

Oliver said many winemakers were worried that adverse conditions from last year would affect this year’s grapes, but they’re pleased that hasn’t been the case.



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