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EUGENE, Oregon — Winemakers say it was generally dry for Oregon's 2014 grape harvest, and yields were good — which signals an abundance of good wine from the vintage. A spokeswoman for the Oregon Wine Board calls it a Goldilocks year: "Not too ...(Read Full Article)
Scott and Martha Wright, founders of Scott Paul Wines in Carlton, announced they have sold their interest in the Oregon winery to partner Cameron Healy.
“Martha and I founded Scott Paul Wines in 1999, and Cameron joined us on our amazing journey in 2003,” Wright said in a Dec. 5 news release. “As the founder of both Kettle Foods and Kona Brewing Co., Cameron has had a tremendous track record of success and we know the company will be in great hands going forward.”
Wright said he plans to stay on as a consultant for the next year to help ...(Read Full Article)
By Maureen Flanagan Battistellaand Mary Jane Cedar Face
Southern Oregon grapegrowers and winemakers celebrated their heritage and a new digital collection at Southern Oregon University’s Hannon Library on Nov. 7.
With climatologist Greg Jones as moderator, wine historian Will Brown and early viticulture expert Porter Lombard shared their research on and anecdotes of the history of winemaking in Southern Oregon.(Read Full Article)
The Oregon Wine Board’s recently released 2014 Oregon Harvest Report is so filled with praiseful phrases, it almost makes the reader giddy with anticipation.
How could it get any better than this? “From bud break through harvest, growers and winemakers throughout the state experienced an almost ideal growing season that delivered a record amount of exceptional, balanced fruit.”(Read Full Article)
This year, the Columbia Gorge AVA celebrates a decade. The beautiful and diverse region rests in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and produces wines from more than 40 different Vitis vinifera grapes.
The region actually hosts two separate AVAs (American Viticultural Areas): Columbia Gorge AVA, established in 2004, and the southwest corner of the Columbia Valley AVA, established in 1984.(Read Full Article)
A private drive traversing the vineyard surrounding Domaine Drouhin Oregon served as tangible testament to a major event held at the Dundee Hills winery on Friday, Nov. 14.
Vehicles parked on both sides of the roadway almost to the entrance gate made its already narrow width a tight squeeze all the way up to the winery, nearly a quarter mile away.(Read Full Article)
By OWP Staff
Ellen Brittan, general manager at the Carlton Winemakers Studio and owner of Brittan Vineyards, has been named director of wine education at Linfield College in McMinnville.
Brittan will work with Linfield’s Division of Continuing Education (DCE) to develop a wine education program that could include a variety of courses offered online or during the summer. Her appointment is effective Jan. 5.(Read Full Article)
Oregon's warmest growing season in recorded history, 2014, is brimming with bounty. With bud break, bloom and véraison all taking place about two to three weeks earlier than average, Oregon vintners can officially put the 2014 growing season in the ...(Read Full Article)
Oregon's thriving wine industry depends on the health and vigor of vineyards throughout the Mid-Valley and the state. And those vines depend on countless thousands of farm workers to tend to them by hand.
Vineyard workers trim back vines as winter approaches and clean up in the vineyard, tie the new shoots and tendrils as they grow in the spring, adjust growing wires along the countless rows of grapevines, trim leaves to expose growing fruit, and harvest the grapes once they're mature.
One organization, ¡Salud!, works to ensure the health of these vineyard workers and therefore the health ...(Read Full Article)
Over the weekend, November 14–15, hundreds of wine trade professionals gathered for the 23rd annual ¡Salud! The Premier Oregon Pinot Noir Auction—a two-day event in which winemakers from the state’s foremost wineries auction off their latest vintage to raise money for healthcare services for seasonal vineyard workers in the northern Willamette Valley.
This year, an estimated $722,000 was raised—the auction’s highest amount since the start of the Great Recession.
The festivities kicked off on Friday, November 14, at Domaine Drouhin Oregon in Dayton, where 475 guests attended the barrel tasting and auction. Forty Willamette ...(Read Full Article)
“¡Salud!’s mission is simple and straightforward. We work to provide access to healthcare services for Oregon’s seasonal vineyard workers and their families.” This succinct statement sums up why you should know about ¡Salud! I sent a few questions about this organization to Donna Morris of Winderlea Vineyard and Winery. Along with her husband, Bill Sweat, she founded [...](Read Full Article)
Vineyards in Oregon's largest wine growing region, the Willamette Valley, also reported large yields and prime quality. In the Oregon Wine Board news release, Brick House Wine Co. founder Doug Tunnell was quoted as saying he'd “Never seen the likes of ...(Read Full Article)
2014 Oregon Harvest Report: Vintage delivers exceptional quality grapes at higher than normal yields
The 2014 vintage in Oregon may be remembered as the vintage of a lifetime. From bud break through harvest, growers and winemakers throughout the state experienced an almost ideal growing season that delivered a record amount of exceptional, balanced fruit.(Read Full Article)
With wines safely tucked away in barrels and tanks, winemakers from across Oregon wine country took a deep breath after one of the most intense harvests on record to give an early assessment of the 2014 vintage.
In the northern Willamette Valley, Stoller Family Estate started harvesting Aug. 27, picking Chardonnay and Pinot Noir for sparkling wine. Winemaker Melissa Burr said she started the sparkling project last year, with plans to make about 400 cases per vintage.
Harvest for still wines began Sept. 7 and was pretty much wrapped up by early October.
“It was such a compressed harvest all ...(Read Full Article)
Old vines at Bethel Heights Vineyard. According to the Oregon Wine Board , the state's 2014 vintage "may be remembered as the vintage of a lifetime." With a record harvest coming in around two weeks earlier than previous years—thanks to dry, warm ...(Read Full Article)
Grape farmers in Oregon’s Willamette Valley never know what to expect from year to year… other than the unexpected. Blustery storms during fruit set can knock off flowers, resulting in low yields at harvest time, like they did in 2011. Birds can swarm the vineyards as the fruit ripens, sometimes decimating entire crops, as was the case in 2010. Summers can be hot, hot, hot, as we experienced during the 2009 growing season. Or remnants of a typhoon can hit without much warning, like what occurred right in the middle of the 2013 harvest, dumping volumes of rain and ...(Read Full Article)
Overlooking his family’s estate vineyard in early March, winemaker Jesse Lange was optimistic as he pointed to the new plantings that are allowing Lange Estate Winery & Vineyards to boost production for the family’s Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. A warm start to spring had encouraged hopes for early bud break, backed by long-range forecasts that suggested the year could bring generally favorable growing conditions (see “Northwest Vineyards See Bud Break”).
Taking a break last week in the wake of harvest, Lange told Wines & Vines that his initial optimism hadn’t been disappointed.
“To say it was a dream vintage ...(Read Full Article)
Oregon should have its largest wine harvest ever in 2014, and Washington is awash in grapes as well, as the Pacific Northwest enjoyed a record-setting warm, dry summer.
Everything is high: temperatures, crop size, sugars, potential alcohol. And possibly future critics' ratings. The 2014 wines might be memorably intense; what they won't be is shy.
"We're probably the ripest up here we've ever been," says Dick Boushey, a grower and vineyard manager in Washington's Red Mountain and Yakima Valley.
But not this year. Oregon is on target to have its hottest year in recorded history, and ...(Read Full Article)
An estimated $2.7 billion pours into Oregon's wine industry every year. This year's vintage is predicted to be a record-breaking best for wineries around the state.
It was the hottest growing year on record, and Maragas Winery in Culver took advantage of those consistent temperature and lack of frost. They're expecting one of their best yields yet.
Owner and winemaker Doug Maragas and his crew harvested the last fruits of their labor on Monday
"It's the last stage of the harvest season for reds," Maragas said.
And the grand finale was one of epic proportions ...(Read Full Article)
Wine makers in Oregon are facing an unusual challenge. They have so many grapes this year they're running out of places to put them.
Jim Prosser, owner of J.K. Carriere Wines, says this has been one of his most challenging harvests and it's all due to the hot weather.
"I feel like I'm in a big wrestling match," Prosser said.
Prosser is making more wine than he has places to put it.
"I haven't quite figured out how to stand liquid up in my cellar without anything containing it, but I ...(Read Full Article)
Tank space is at a premium due to high yields from a 2014 crop that the Oregon Wine Board believes could set a new record. But, that isn't all. This year is also forecast to be a rare vintage for US state's $2.7bn wine industry , perhaps like 1994, when both ...(Read Full Article)
Oregon wine connoisseurs take note: 2014 is going to be a very good vintage.
Willamette Valley wineries harvesting grapes this season say that 2014 could be the best season in more than a decade. The summer’s consistently hot days, warm nights and just the right sprinkling of rain added up to near-perfect conditions for almost all 72 varieties of wine grapes grown in the Willamette Valley and throughout Oregon.
While wineries harvested grapes into early November in 2013, many wineries are set to finish the 2014 harvest this week.
“What’s interesting is this has been a record summer ...(Read Full Article)
Joe Dobbes has been making wine in Oregon for 29 years.
The 2014 fruit is, he says, the best he's ever seen.
"It’s a rare vintage where it’s high quantity and high quality," said Dobbes, founder of Wine by Joe, which produces the Wine by Joe and Dobbes Family Estate brands among others.
Typically, the Oregon grape harvest begins in the third week of September for Southern Oregon fruit. This year, Southern Oregon grapes were prime for picking at the beginning of September and Willamette Valley grapes weren't far behind.
That's great when it comes ...(Read Full Article)
Unlike last year when heavy rain threatened the wine grape harvest, 2014 is looking fairly ideal for local vineyards.
“We had an early bud break and an early bloom,” said Bill Sweat, Oregon Wine Association board president and owner of Winderlea Wine Company. “The good thing about that is it gives the indication we’ll be starting early.”
In fact, he said, many wineries have already been pruning and some have began harvesting as early as the first week in September.
Adelsheim Vineyard started picking for pinot noir Sept. 10, alongside sparkling grape growers the week prior.
“Everything tastes ripe ...(Read Full Article)