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Aug 24, 2014 12:07 AM by Olivia DeGennaro, KSBY News

San Luis Obispo winery sees earliest harvest in decades

The Central Coast wineries could be seeing one of their earliest harvesting seasons in decades.

Larry Brooks from Tolosa Winery in San Luis Obispo said they started harvesting grapes last week, which is about three weeks earlier than usual. He said it's the earliest he's seen a harvest in his more than 35 years working there. Usually, the harvest starts around Labor Day.

"This is so early," Brooks said. "We usually like to finish bottling before we begin harvesting, and we won't even begin bottling last year's Pinot until next week."

The early harvest is determined by the winter and spring weather we experiences, which was drier than usual. Because the Central Coast saw such little rainfall, Brooks said the soil was drier, causing it to heat more quickly and produce earlier growth.

Brooks said it's an earlier harvest is better than a later one, and the first crop of wine this year looks excellent so far.

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