As residents in the southern interior continue to battle with the aftermath of flooding and heavy rain in the area, some local wineries fear they might lose it all thanks to the nasty weather.
A Kelowna winemaker says his winery has been hit quite hard by the weather.
“It’s the worst year we’ve had in 45 years of existence here with our winery. I have never seen it that bad.”
Walter Huber says the heavy rainfall has made the ground unstable so their machines can’t go into the field.
“Basically everything has to be hand-done so we have to put little sprayers on our backs and walk through like that. And of course doing that not only costs a lot more money, but we’re way behind in our work because the machines do 80 per cent of the work usually.”
He says they are doing everything they can to rescue the harvest.
“Basically 50 per cent of our vineyard is in the hills, and we might lose most of our wine harvest for this year.”
But Huber says other fields at the bottom of the hill have been hit even worse, with many still inundated.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Agriculture confirms some agricultural lands are dealing with localized flooding.
The Ministry says staff are on the ground assessing the damage, particularly near Oliver and the Okanagan.
But if the heavy rainfall continues, the Ministry warns land maintenance and field operations in these areas may be impacted.