Question: I hear many Okanagan wineries in British Columbia have experienced severe weather problems affecting their vines. Would you kindly update us?
Answer: Yes serious vine damage in the Okanagan has become very widely spread. First the extremely low temperatures in early 2023 greatly lessened harvest production of that vintage plus really frigid weather again in mid-January of 2024 damaging vines has resulted in a pessimistic forecast for this year’s crop. Wineries are now questioning the risks of replanting successful Syrah and other top grape varieties that can not survive these very cold winters. What does the future hold? Summer 2023 wild fires during the high tourist season has also affected visits and important direct wine sales. Many wineries are suffering loss of revenue and lots of them are for sale. An excellent current article in Wine Enthusiast linked here provides more details on these worrying issues and states “25% of the valley’s wineries are for sale”. Stay tuned.
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