Unlike many other grape growing regions in the world, the weather conditions that influence each vintage in the Finger Lakes can vary drastically from one year to the next. For proof, look no further than the 2016 season. In the span of 12 months, we had one of the warmest winters on record (except for one night in mid-February), followed by the driest (by far!) and one of the warmest growing season in 50 years. Last year, we had one of the coldest winters in a long time, followed by a relatively wet and cool season. So grape growers, like all farmers, have to be able to change how they farm each year in order to adapt to the curve balls that Mother Nature throws at them year in and year out, as they always have. This year was no exception.