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Last week, freezing temperatures in Canada's Okanagan Valley caused widespread damage to the vineyards, with many wineries experiencing bud loss. Hopes are low for this year's harvest.
"It was lethal," says Val Tait, winemaker at Gold Hill in the Oliver Osoyoos region of the Okanagan. "I'm hearing 100% bud loss throughout the valley."
The region has been facing a series of challenges, including previous cold fronts, wildfires, declining tourism, a struggling economy, and declining interest from young drinkers. As of January, 25% of the valley's wineries are for sale, raising concerns about the future of the region.
Last week's arctic blast delivered a particularly bad blow to the already struggling Okanagan Valley. Few grape varieties can survive when temperatures drop below -15°F. It's still too early to tell the full extent of this year's damage, but initial outlooks are grim.