Some smaller wineries say their crop was practically gutted in the deep-freeze.26 May 2015 – Vineyard owners in Prince Edward County and the Niagara region are assessing the damage from record-breaking cold late Friday night and Saturday morning.
Farmers rented helicopters, turned on wind machines and set bales of hay on fire in an attempt to save what they could.
95 percent loss
Clark Tyler, manager at Harwood Estate Vineyards in Prince Edward County, estimates that a mere five per cent of grapes at his four-hectare vineyard survived the frost.
“It’s just complete and utter devastation,” said Tyler, who added that some of his friends lost nearly everything.