Although this year’s Coronation table grapes were of “outstanding quality,” grape growers are still picking wine grapes, because it was such a cool growing season this year.
Kelowna grape grower Doug Sperling says this year’s distinctive blue Coronations are really nice fruit, but he says there’s a lot of competition for table grapes from outside the valley.
The last of the Coronations are now being marketed.
The wine grape crop is still being harvested, with many of the white varieties already picked, but growers are waiting for an increase in the sugars in red wine grapes before beginning to harvest them.
Unfortunately, Sperling says, “The lack of long hot days in June can’t be made up with these short, cool October days.”
On his East Kelowna vineyard, he says there must have been more damage from last year’s sudden November freeze than he’d realized, because his wine grape crop was way down compared to last year.
He feels other growers may also be finding fewer grapes out there than they’d expected, but until the crop is all in, numbers are only estimates.