The historic 2020 September Oregon wildfires brought unprecedented smoke conditions to the Willamette Valley, the heart of Oregon’s wine country. The intensity and timing of smoke exposure has raised many questions and concerns about whether this year’s wine harvest would be adversely affected by “smoke taint”. There are still many unknowns, but there is a growing body of information available to understand more about the potential impacts of smoke exposure and the tools for testing that are available to Oregon’s vineyards and wineries.
Below is a roundup of some useful online resources and information that provide guidance to address the impact of smoke exposure on wine grapes in the Pacific Northwest.
In addition to the resources shared above, for other pest and disease concerns for wine grapes, you can learn more in the in-depth 2020 Pest Management Guide for Wine Grapes in Oregon, produced by Oregon State University Extension.
Feature (top) photo by Craig Allyn Rose