Wine Grape Growers: Increased Mechanization Is No Substitute For Much-Needed Farm Laborers

Aug 17, 2017

The winegrape harvest at Bien Nacido Vineyards in Santa Barbara County on California's Central Coast. In spite of increased mechanization, a farmworker labor shortage has wine grape growers worried about the coming harvest.

As California's wine grape harvest gets under way, most of it will be done by machine.  But as growers face ongoing labor shortages, mechanization isn't a cure-all.  Capital Public Radio's Julia Mitric reports.