The rain we've been gifted with the past few days has cleared the smoky air from the B.C. wildfires, however will affect the future production of wines.

Chris Fodor, owner of City and Country Wine in Okotoks, says grape production will be less this year, due to the heavy smoke that has filled the air.

"It comes down to the farming aspect. The smoke in the air sticks onto the grapes and the leaves, and gives things kind of a camp fire smell," he said.

Fodor adds that grapes cannot be pressed as hard to protect the juice from the smoke taste, causing a shortage for wine production.

Fodor says the skins and overall growing of grapes are hindered with this much smoke in the air.

"We won't be able to press the grapes as hard, because we'll be getting the smoke off the outside of the grape, and get that into the wine. We want a little bit of smoke in a wine, not a lot," he said.

He adds that the smoke blocks the UV spectrum, inhibiting the full development of growing grapes.

Fodor says there may be a shortage of juices due to reduced pressing, however the smoky scent can likely be mitigated by modern wine making techniques.


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