In the Pacific Northwest, the warm spring and summer of 2016 led to the earliest and largest harvest on record, followed be one of the toughest winters in recent years.  Washington State University researchers are finding that the lengthy cold-snap has caused more bud damage than expected.

What can we expect for the 2017 harvest, and how can we prepare our vineyards and wineries for the climate extremes that we are experiencing?

The WSU Viticulture & Eneology Program presents “Climate Extremes: Is the Pacific Northwest Wine Industry Ready?” on March 17 at WSU Tri-Cities in Richland.

This event brings together researchers and industry leaders to discuss current climate trends, impacts of extreme weather events in vineyards, solutions for mitigating damage and available resources.  Information presented at the symposium will arm growers with information to manage vineyards amid these variable conditions.

The event, part of the Ravenholt Lecture Series, runs from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

To register and for more information, go to