County’s wine grape production, acreage declines

Dry conditions produce better quality grapes

Bob Gerken, owner of Butterfly Creek Winery, shows a bunch of Zinfandel grapes growing on a vine in one of his vineyards. Gerken said that the fruit is well-formed and solid, an indication of high quality grapes.Precipitation from recent storms has helped this year’s crop of wine grapes at Butterfly Creek Winery in Mariposa County, according to Bob Gerken.
Gerken, who has approximately 25 acres of vineyard in which he raises Merlot, Cabernet, Zinfandel, Riesling, and Chardonnay varietal g...

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