During the winter months grape plants don't need much water but with current drought conditions, wine producers in the Salinas and Carmel valleys are starting to irrigate their crops earlier than usual.
John Boekenoogen of Boekenoogen Vineyards said the vineyard doesn't normally irrigate until June, but he's concerned about his water supply lasting.
"Water in our wells is quite a ways down so we have to be frugal with water this year," he said.
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