DELAWARE, Del.— House wines are sold out for the second consecutive day in the Delaware wine region as more than 50 percent of the region’s wineries shut down because of the state’s harsh weather.
The number of wineries closing down across the state jumped to more than 100 in the past week from 30 the previous week.
Statewide, wineries reported shutting down for two weeks in May and August.
The National Weather Service says the current drought conditions are leading to the highest numbers of cases of coronavirus in more than 40 years.
Delaware’s wine industry has been struggling to make up for the loss of sales as sales decline in some regions.
The state’s wine sales plunged to an all-time low in 2016 when it reported a $2.9 billion loss.
The industry was able to regain sales after the state and local governments enacted restrictions on outdoor sales and began a massive expansion program.