2020 Wildfires Wiped Out Half Of Northern California’s Grapes

Washington and Oregon’s wine grape industries suffered significant damage during wildfires that ripped through the region late last summer. But it wasn’t just the Northwest that reported huge losses.

A new USDA report reveals wildfires in northern California wiped out almost half the value of the 2020 crop. Grape growers in the Napa, Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino County region reported revenue around $940 million last year. That compares to $1.7 billion in 2019 and a record $2 billion in 2018. 

Smoke and heat damage ruined about a third of the grapes, especially red varietals that were still on the vines when the worst of the fires hit in August and September.

On the bright side, industry analysts say the lower volume could help clear the grape glut created by four years of bumper crops.

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