The Low Down on BC's 2017 Vintage |
From BC's winemakers, the consensus seems to be that 2017 was a more normal growing season compared to the two previous seasons. Although there were horrible wildfires, the fires occurred in early summer, not later in the summer when veraison occurs. Smoke seems to be more problematic for grapes at veraison. The smoke earlier in the summer filtered the sunshine which positively impacted the growing season by slowing down the rate of grape ripening and flavour development.