Wildfire smoke substantively depressed wine production in Napa County in 2020. As the first wines from the 2020 vintage come to market, wineries are assessing strategies to compensate for a lower-production year.
Napa County producers crushed just over 98,000 tons of wine grapes in 2020, down from almost 160,000 in 2019. Average price per ton fell 21% year over year.
It's been a turbulent year for the wine industry, which between intermittent wildfires, smoke events and pandemic lockdowns has attempted to remain open for business.
Napa County's wine grape crop in 2019 saw a 13.5% decrease in volume and a 9.6% decrease in value as compared to 2018, according to the county's annual crop report, released Tuesday.
Even wine production has been altered by pandemic-prompted tasting room closures and shifts in sales.
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Thanks to an increased crop and prices, the value of Napa County’s grape harvest rose 28 percent, from $533 million in 2015 to $683 million in 2016.