The Spotted Lanternfly Could Impact Price of New Jersey & Pennsylvania Wines
You know that Spotted Laternfly that has been impacting our area (especially in Pennsylvania) in recent years? Well, now it could impact your wallet if you're a fan of local wines.
NBC10's Steven Fisher spoke to the manager of a local winery in Chester County who says that the price of wine produced in our area could increase as a result of the lanternfly invasion.
The manager of the Penns Woods Winery says they're doing everything they can to keep the lanternfly away.
"Over the winter, we scout for eggs," he told NBC 10. Officials also use insecticides to prevent the outbreak, but this "enemy" won't be attacking the berry's themselves.
"(The lanternfly) would rather kill the tree or vine," NBC10's Steven Fisher reports.
As a result, the cost of managing the effect in the vineyard and having less production for acres could increase the cost of fruit in our area. Yes, officials from the Penns Woods Winery in Chadds Ford, PA warn that the increased cost of fruit will eventually increase the cost of wine.
Seeing as twenty-two counties across New Jersey and Pennsylvania are under quarantine from the "enemy" lanternfly, it's likely that this could affect wines produced in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
The insect from Asia that was first spotted in New Jersey last year has been detected in parts of Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Mercer, Salem, Somerset, and Warren counties, according to the New Jersey Department of Agriculture.
In Pennsylvania, most of southeastern Pennsylvania is included in the Spotted Lanternfly quarantine. Those counties are Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Dauphin, Delaware, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, and Schuylkill.
Pennsylvania's agriculture department has deployed $18 billion to fight the bugs, which have been spotted in the millions this summer in eastern Pennsylvania this year, WSJ.com confirmed.
Unfortunately, the fight against the Spotted Lanternfly is long from over at this point, so we may want to start saving up for that glass of vino.