PRAIRIE DU SAC (WKOW) -- Many Wisconsin farmers are struggling with a late summer drought right now, but for others it's been a great season.
Local grape growers say they're having a bumper crop right now. Workers at Wollersheim Winery in Prairie du Sac are spending the next week handpicking 27 acres of ripe grapes. Then they'll process, ferment and age them in tanks to make wine.
Last year, growers say the weather was hard on the grape vines. Farmers lost a lot of their crop to the 2012 spring frost, and the remaining grapes were too sweet because of the subsequent drought.
The extreme weather my have changed the taste of the 2012 wines.
"Last year might be a little hot because the alcohol was a little bit out of balance and you didn't have the softness of the berry, which we have this year," says winemaker Philippe Coquard. "That's the biggest difference and so far it's really good."
Coquard says the rainy start to this year and the sunny August helped the grapes ripen on time.
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