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Drought revives 'forgotten art' at wineries: Farming without irrigation
Drought revives 'forgotten art' at wineries: Farming without irrigation

The gnarled zinfandel grapevines on Rich Czapleski's land have borne fruit for more than 100 years, producing dark, intense wines that exemplify the special growing conditions in this coveted winemaking region. Over that time, the vines have weathered some of California's worst droughts — including the last three years with little difficulty. Their survival isn't owed to advancements in irrigation. Drip hoses like those seen at most vineyards across the state are curiously absent. Czapleski relies on dry farming — a classic method of cultivation that has fallen to the wayside. "You use what Mother Nature gives you," said the 72-year-old owner of...

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