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Published August 30, 2012, 05:50 PM

Wine makers benefitting from drier conditions

Casselton, ND (WDAY TV) - The drought nationally and right here in our area has affected many things negatively, mostly corn, but there are a few things that will be especially sweet all thanks to the lack of rain.

Casselton, ND (WDAY TV) - The drought nationally and right here in our area has affected many things negatively, mostly corn, but there are a few things that will be especially sweet all thanks to the lack of rain. Thanks to the drier conditions, pears, and several other fruits are going to make for some more tasty and vibrant wines.

Greg Kempel – Maple River Distillery, Owner: “Plums have been phenomenal, chokecherries have been better than last year.”

Owner of Maple River Distillery Greg Kempel is very excited about his up and coming batches of fruitful wines. He purchases almost every fruit you can think of from about 300 people in North Dakota and some in Minnesota.

Greg Kempel: “We're really excited about our apple crop this year.”

It's not only the apples Kempel is excited about. He says the raspberries, pears, and strawberries might make the best batches of wine yet.

Greg Kempel: “Every year the fruit wine will be a little bit different, and a lot of it is because of the growing conditions around here. The raspberries this year are phenomenal, they're full of sugar, they're sweet, and very abundant.”

Kempel says his first batch of rhubarb was also great. That's what's fermenting now. So the next time you enjoy that next glass of wine, you may want to thank Mother Nature for each tasty sip.

The science behind it is hot, dry conditions lead to higher rates of photosynthesis, which makes higher concentrations of fruit sugars.

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