How This Season's Wildfires are Devastating California's Wine Industry

How This Season's Wildfires are Devastating California's Wine Industry

The recent wildfires in California's Napa Valley area have been devastating on all fronts. 

The death toll is currently at 21 and 670 people have been reported missing. 3,500 homes and businesses have been destroyed. 

As of Wednesday, six major fires have been responsible for burning through nearly 88,000 acres. 

This season has been especially damaging due to the unusual number of fires that have ignited at the same time paired with the recent aggressive wind. 

On Wednesday, the wind has reportedly increased significantly, which means the fires will likely continue on their destructive paths. 

Wineries in this area are used to prepping for fires, but that doesn't mean that these establishments are safe from damage. Several are going to feel a significant impact.

Five wineries have been totally burned down or have been significantly burned this season.

Although the majority of grapes have been picked for the season, many of the grapes touched by smoke will have to be thrown out. Depending on the damage at the winery, it may take years for the vineyard to recover. 

“A significant amount of acreage will likely be out of commission for a while,” said Phil Lynch, a spokesman for Brown-Forman Corp., the company that owns Sonoma-Cutrer vineyards and markets Korbel champagne to "Bloomberg." “If it’s only smoke damage, it’s one season. If it’s fire damage, it’ll be three or four seasons.”

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Global Wine Prices May Increase Due to Extreme Weather Occurrences

Global Wine Prices May Increase Due to Extreme Weather Occurrences

minds when it comes to ensuring quality and quantity of their grapes come harvest time. Extreme weather events always take a toll on a vineyard if exposed for too long to extreme temperatures— high or low.

This year’s weather occurrences around the world have been especially rough to the top wine regions causing grapes to either dehydrate, shrivel, become tainted with smoke, ripe ahead of schedule or decrease in quality, not to mention shrink the quantity of grapes worth harvesting.

“In Napa and Sonoma, the excessive heat didn’t affect grapes for sparkling wines or whites harvested earlier in August. But cabernet is in the crosshairs,” reported “Bloomberg.”

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