The wine industry is socially, environmentally, and economically significant in the Okanagan Valley, and because of the importance of the physical and cultural landscape to wine production, it is increasingly becoming vulnerable to climate change. Therefore, it is important to understand how the wine industry is adapting to climatic conditions and how wine producers think about resiliency, which is the ability of a system to adapt or change.
This project aims to explore resiliency within the Okanagan wine industry and the ability of the Okanagan wine industry to adapt to the effects of climate change. We will explore the various methods of adaptation considered by decisionmakers in the wine industry: soft adaptative tools like eco-certification, and hard adaptative tools like covercropping. The online survey also contains closed-ended questions about: sustainability and resiliency thinking in winemaking, the current use of adaptative tools; and eco-certifications, and the barriers to getting them.
The survey has a total of 31 questions which takes approximately 9 minutes to complete. The results from this research will be used to complete an MSc Masters thesis in Sustainability at UBC Okanagan by the co-investigator, Morgan King and will be shared widely with the Okanagan wine industry.