For three years in a row, grape growers in the Nashik and Sangli districts of Maharashtra have been bearing the brunt of the capricious weather and the effect this had on their production costs. The exceptionally long tail of monsoon, followed by increased moisture in winter, has made the crop prone to fungal infection and affected yields.
Known as the ‘California of the East’, Nashik had been providing the ideal location for vineyards with the main harvest months of October to March being marked by dry and sunny days. Diurnal difference and low moisture content during these months had allowed better yield and higher sugar content in the fruit.
However, for the last three years, growers have complained about increased moisture content during the winter months which has affected their produce.