Wright said most growers are hoping for heavy rains this winter and that conditions will return to normal, but it takes time for aquifers to recharge.
Production of grapes this year may be hurt by the drought in terms of berry size, Stockton said. Using predominantly well water, growers have to deal more with salt and alkaline water than surface water from typical snowpack and runoff.
The big worry is for next season, he said.
“If we don’t get rain in this offseason, it is going to be catastrophic for 2015,” Stockton said. “There’s no way around it.”