Summer showers benefit local winery

CLINTON, LA (WAFB) - Over the last month, we've seen rain showers just about every other day. While it may put a damper on your summer plans, this on and off rain is exactly what one East Feliciana Parish business needs.

Casa de Sue is a 7-acre vineyard in Clinton, Louisiana. This is where owner Mac Cazedessus began turning variations of Muscadine grapes into wine back in the 1980s. He says, this year, his crops are coming in better than ever.

"We've had rain and the rain has that nitrogen in it...it just makes them grow even better even though I have an irrigation system for when we don't have it," said Cazedessus.

Cazedessus says if mother nature continues to act in his favor, this year's harvest will be three times bigger than past years---when South Louisiana faced summer droughts or active hurricane seasons.

"Hurricanes harvest for me, and it's on the ground, and it's very wet," said Cazedessus. "So you can't really go in until after it dries up, so you lose most of the grapes. That's why we're always praying for no hurricanes during harvest season."

While the Louisiana weather has been beneficial to Cazedessus's grapevines, he says the weather has been good for farmers across the country too.

"That's why you're seeing a lot of farm prices dropping on a lot of commodities because they're going to have tremendous harvests like in soy beans. I was watching that the other day. It dropped over fifty percent in one day because they see what's going to happen. They're going to have a big harvest," said Cazedessus.

Cazedessus says the grapes will be ready for harvest around September 1.

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