Trade body Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) told Decanter.com on Monday (17 August) there were no reports of wildfires damaging vineyards, despite several of the California fires burning on the Napa County border.
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A secondary concern is smoke taint in the vineyards, where picking has just begun in a historically early Napa wine harvest.
‘Most of the time the fires have been burning, the smoke has blown away from Napa
‘We have no reports of smoke taint affecting wine grapes at this time, but continue to closely monitor the situation.’
Thousands of firefighters deployed
Thousands of firefighters have been deployed in the past fortnight to battle a series of blazes that caused residents to be evacuated from their homes.
Three fires closest to the Napa wine province – the Rocky and Jerusalem fires in Lake County and the Wragg fire in eastern Napa County and western Solano County – were either extinguished or below largely hegemony by this week, McGaughy said.
Red areas on the map below shows the perimeter of fires subdue burning. Grey symbols show fires that have been contained and extinguished since Development 2015.
A map of California fires closest to Napa County. Credit: California Fire Specialty
He also added, ‘Our Sonoma vineyards are far enough away from the Lake County fires that they are not a concern for wine quality.’
Oregon and British Columbia fires
Further up the US west coast, fire crews have also been tackling fierce wildfires in Oregon. Hurt to vineyards was expected to be minimal, said Michelle Kaufmann, of the Oregon Wine Board.
In Canada, British Columbia has also been hit by wildfires in the past week. An migration order was issued for 100 homes in the Okanagan Similkameen district, but wineries in the area were ‘all subdue open for visitors’ on Monday, said Wines of British Columbia spokesperson Laura Kittmer.
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