Pennsylvania wineries are facing a a common threat, the spotted lanternfly.
The invasive pest from Asia already detected this season in Berks County. A 13-county quarantine zone does not include Dauphin but does affect neighboring Lebanon and Lancaster counties.
abc27 News spoke to some of the wineries at the Dauphin County Music and Wine Fest about the problem. The event at Fort Hunter features eight wineries from Hershey-Harrisburg wine country.
“That is an issue for the Pennsylvania wineries. It is very controlled right now in terms of a region. And I can tell you the Agriculture Department is monitoring it very closely. It’s going to affect a lot of fruit products in addition to grapes,” said Dave William of PA Wine Society.
The hope is to slow the lanternfly’s spread by restricting the movement of lumber, firewood, and other items across county lines.
It is still a distant threat at Fort Hunter. The only pest this weekend is an empty glass.