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Late freeze allows for more wine grapes

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During a normal year, Stone Pillar Vineyard and Winery would've seen a hard freeze by now. (Ronelle Williams/KCTV5 News) During a normal year, Stone Pillar Vineyard and Winery would've seen a hard freeze by now. (Ronelle Williams/KCTV5 News)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

An Olathe winery has usually gone from grape to bottle by now, but they've still have two acres to go through.

During a normal year, Stone Pillar Vineyard and Winery would've seen a hard freeze by now.

"The ripening conditions once all the leaves fall off. We don't really have any nutrients coming from the sun to charge those grapes up with the sugars like we would like," owner and wine maker George Hoff said.

But that hasn't been the case. Hoff said the plentiful and ripe second crop is because of unseasonable warmth, sunshine and plenty of grapes coming in later in the season.

Their harvest season typically runs from mid-August to the last week of September.

"We have gone almost six weeks from when we usually finish to having another crop on the vine ready to pick. We've actually bottled some of the wine from the original harvest and have it available right now," Hoff said.

And even though mornings are starting to get a lot colder, Hoff said all they have to do is wait a few hours for things to warm up and they can reap their benefits comfortably.

"The picking conditions are really ideal because most of the leaves have fallen off. The grapes are exposed and they're really easy picking," he said.

Stone Pillar wants to get all their grapes off the vines on Saturday, and they're inviting the community to help. If there's anything leftover after that, don't worry, it won't get wasted.

Hoff said the birds will take care of it.

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