Central Coast Voices: Covid’s impact on the wine industry

Oct 15, 2020

Join host Fred Munroe as he speaks with Joel Peterson, executive director with the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance; Jason Haas, partner and general manager of Tablas Creek Vineyard; and Adrienne Ferarra, co-owner of Clesi Wines and professor in the Department of Wine & Viticulture at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, as they discuss how the Central Coast wine industry is coping with the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic. 

In April 2020, a report released by The Wine Institute projected that US wine losses from COVID-19 could reach $5.94 billion, across the more than 10,000 wineries and 8,000 grape growers. So how has the wine industry, which plays a large role in our local economy, fared during the pandemic

Since March, tasting rooms across the country and in California, where 85% of the wine in the U.S. is produced, have either had to close or convert to outdoor venues to fit COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. Have these changes managed to off-set the projected revenue decline? What should you expect if you visit a winery? What safety protocols are in place? Are precautions in place for not only winery staff, but also vineyard workers to protect their health and safety? 

Broadcast date: 10/15/20

Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX and made possible through underwriting by Joan Gellert-Sargen.