Reported by Ben Tracy

NAPA (CBS News) — In Napa Valley, home to some of California’s prized vineyards, the vines are looking healthy, despite the state’s historic drought.

Michael Honig, who owns a 67-acre vineyard in Napa, said the lack of rain in the past three years has produced some of the best wine California has seen in nearly a decade.

“Dry years are good because it forces the vine to find water on its own and really penetrate deeply into the soils,” he said. “You want to stress out a vine to a point. You want to go as far as you can before you go off that cliff and can’t go any further,” he said.

In normal conditions, the roots of grape vines grow 10 feet deep, but in dry conditions, they are forced to burrow twice as deep in search of water. The stressed-out vines produce a smaller grape but one with more concentrated sugar and complex flavor.


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