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Burnt down and demolished: Climate change hits Napa Valley.

About three weeks ago, wildfires scorched the Wine Country’s lands. This happened last September, and the deadly fires came back and demolished Napa Valley. Since last September, the fires started first in November; the fire’s smoke had killed the grapes which weren’t burnt already. The dry winters have demolished the crops at Napa, leaving miniscule amounts of grapes still standing. Another blow from the fires came in March, burning down wineries and forcing the owners to stop covering for the annihilated ones. “We got hit every which way we could,” Mr. Sattui, the owner of the burnt down winery, said. “We can’t keep going like this.” Most of the crops died as a result of these hard blows, creating severe loss. “I’ve put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into this, and had to make the call on whether it would survive,” Laura Deyermond,  the vineyard manager of the Cornell winery, said. “The majority of the property did not survive.”

The wildfires were not the only problem for the farmers, however. The glazing sun had burnt the grapes, making the farmers spray sunscreen on their grapes. Water Supplies were constantly decreasing, leaving less and less water to use when farming.  The conditions are constantly getting worse, and it is getting harder for the grapes to survive. If the heat and drought trends worsen, “we’re probably out of business,” said Cyril Chappellet, president of Chappellet Winery, which has been operating for more than half a century. “All of us are out of business.”

Though the conditions aren’t the best, the farmers are beginning to rebuild their farms. The most gravely damaged vines were ripped out. Others were closely examined for any fallacies. Wineries were starting to become rebuilt, as well as many of the buildings that were burnt. Many of the farms have created a rebuilding plan for their property as well. The forest management and fire breaking is considered one of the crucial parts of it, because of the rapidly changing climate and the diminishing of water supply. The area is no longer an ideal region to grow grapes, but the farmers will continue to try. 

Cites:

www.nytimes.com/2021/07/18/climate/Napa-wineries-climate.html

//www.nytimes.com/2021/07/29/dining/drinks/california-wine-climate-change-fires.html

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