KELOWNA, B.C. — The British Columbia Wine Institute (BCWI) has offered its support to the California wine industry in the wake of the wildfires that have caused great destruction in Northern California.
“In times like these, it is more important than ever for our industry to come together and support one another,” says Christa-Lee McWatters Bond, chair of BCWI. “We also want to extend a heartfelt thank you to the firefighters and first responders who are working tirelessly to help those in need and bring the fires under control.”
Many members of BCWI have close ties to colleagues in California and some even own property in the area. “We are extremely lucky that our sister winery, Madrone Estate at Valley of the Moon is still standing, however many of their neighbours were not so fortunate,” says Tony Stewart, proprietor and CEO of Quails’ Gate Winery (Kelowna, BC). “Our hearts are with everyone who has been impacted by the fires. The wine industry is renowned for working together and never has that been more apparent than in these frightening times.”
BCWI is encouraging B.C. wineries to support those impacted by the wildfires in Northern California and has highlighted relief efforts where contributions can be made to help the farmers, owners and residents of the affected areas. Details on how to contribute are available at winebc.org.