Early heat is making it hard for a local winery to keep up

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The warm temperatures in March made it hard for one winery owner to keep up.

Normally the buds on the vines don’t break until the middle of April, but this year at the Jean Farris Winery buds broke around the middle of March.

The owner says the early bud break has put her and the staff about three weeks behind.

To make matters worse, the spring is their busiest time of year.

The owner says getting colder days with temperatures in the forties and fifties would help slow down the process of buds breaking.

If it gets too cold and there is frost it could immediately kills the buds.

“When mother nature crams it all in really fast for us, we’re just catching our breath trying to keep up so everyone is working extra hard,” said Jeanie O’Daniel, Owner.

The owner hires high school students on her farm to help her keep up.

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