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Flames from the Partrick Fire blazed through this vineyard near Henry Road in Napa, CA.

With North Coast fires fully contained, focus shifts to preparing for winter and 2018 vintage

With all of the major North Coast wildfires now contained and the 2017 harvest nearly complete, growers in Napa County and elsewhere are beginning to take account of how the blazes affected their vines and property.

Several studies suggest that climate change poses stark risks for vineyards, which may be exposed to more extreme weather.

Spanish winemaker Miguel Torres Snr has said that wineries must aim to be carbon neutral and that he is looking at ways to re-use carbon dioxide from fermentation as part of a project that involves investing more than 10% of company profits annually.

“Growers are replanting with Chardonnay because it gives better average yields [than Meunier or Pinot Noir] and there is a trend for Blanc de Blancs” - Bollinger cellar master Giles Descôtes

Chardonnay will soon surpass Meunier to become the second most planted grape in Champagne, according to Bollinger cellar master Giles Descôtes.

Roland Peens, director of leading online wine merchant Wine Cellar, told local journalists he expected volumes to be down “as much as 25% to 50%” in 2018.

South Africa's vignerons are bracing themselves for a potentially difficult growing season, as the Western Cape continues to suffer from a chronic drought.

Harvest at RayLen Vineyards in Mocksville, N.C., started in mid-August and finished in late September, according to winemaker Steve Shepard.

Grapegrowers report spring in February, autumn in August, summer in September

The 2017 growing season has seen plenty of challenges for eastern growers. While winter weather was relatively mild (and much better than the polar vortex in 2013-14 or deep freeze temperatures in 2014-15), topsy-turvy weather patterns began across the East this February.