From the Arizona Republic:

A year after a freak hailstorm wiped out most of the 2010 harvest of grapes for five southern Arizona winemakers, the growers are still assessing damage and say it will take two or three more years to get production levels back to where they were.

This spring saw vineyard owners rip out dead vines and put in new ones. And growers fretted about whether the surviving plants would yield grapes of good quality and quantity.

"There's definitely some extended damage that will take a year or two to get over," said Kief Manning, winemaker at his Kief-Joshua Vineyards in Elgin.

The Aug. 15 monsoon storm showered marble-size hail on a swath along Elgin Road and Lower Elgin Road in Elgin and Sonoita, an area where winemakers had planted their vineyards and opened tasting rooms.

For more, see: So. Ariz. vintners reel from '10 storm