A draft SFU report on the state of the BC wine industry (The Wine Industry in British Columbia: A Closed Wine But Ready for Harvest - PDF) raises questions about the long term health of the industry by citing multiple areas where the industry may be vulnerable: market saturation, cost of land and inputs, lack of alternative markets, heavy reliance on tourism, dependence on regulatory protection, difficulties in learning how to export, lack of coordination, poor coordination of supply chains, and lack of innovation. This report is likely to provide fodder for a lively discussion about these issues. I'll comment more on the regulatory issues once I have had a chance to digest the whole analysis. Incidentally, this website is cited as a reference in one part of the report although I haven't spoken with its author about any of the covered issues yet.

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