Who Will Pick America’s Wine Grapes?

Labor shortages have U.S. winegrowers searching for solutions

Who Will Pick America’s Wine Grapes?
Several wineries struggled to get pickers last harvest. (George Rose/Getty Images)
From the Apr 30, 2022, issue

When harvest came last fall, many Napa and Sonoma vintners weren’t sure who was going to pick the grapes. America’s labor crunch is being felt across California’s $43.6 billion wine industry. Fires, pandemic travel restrictions and other challenges have exacerbated a chronic labor problem that has been worsening for more than a decade. Now winegrowers are searching for new solutions, along with raising wages for workers and moving to mechanical harvesting.

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