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For one week, the financial wing of Brooks Winery worked in a farmhouse, in a modest dining room overlooking a 20-acre vineyeard.
The team consisted of four graduate students in their late 20s pursuing business degrees at either UC Berkeley or the University of Michigan. Ambitious and hard working, they each were seeing Oregon for their first time.
Clustered in the rolling hills outside Amity, entrepreneur Janie Brooks could relate. A decade ago, she began work at the business in a similar fashion, parachuting in from a life and family in California, with no experience running a winery. Like the ...(Read Full Article)
The name Naumes has been synonymous with pears for 68 years and likely will be for years to come.
Naumes Inc. is the largest pear packer in Medford. But on steep, picturesque hillsides around the Naumes family home, just southwest of town, pear orchards are giving way to vineyards.
Laura Naumes caught the wine bug a few years ago and convinced her husband, Mike, that growing wine grapes would be profitable, a good diversification and fun.
Their first planting was of Pinot Noir on 15.5 acres of hillside below the long, paved and gated driveway that winds up around ...(Read Full Article)
The show, curated by Lori Erickson, relays the history of the Oregon wine industry in an appealing format, featuring crisp, bold graphics by Bryan Potter Design and interactive elements such as a scent wall and — yes! — a tasting room. Best of all, the ...(Read Full Article)
"If you're in the market for a winery as a commercial entity or a family business, there's never been a better time," said Rob McMillan, founder of Silicon Valley Bank's Wine Division and author of the report.(Read Full Article)
¡Salud!, a program that provides health care to seasonal vineyard workers and their families in Oregon, has announced that its annual Oregon Pinot Noir Auction for fundraising will be moving this fall to the Allison Inn & Spa in Newberg.
And this year’s second annual Summertime ¡Salud! – The Big Dinner will be Thursday, July 24, in Dayton at Stoller Family Estate, recently named Wine Press Northwest magazine’s Pacific Northwest Winery of Year.(Read Full Article)
Oregon grape growers say herbicide drift is damaging vineyards and it's time for the state to ban 2,4-D use during April to October growing season.
Joel Meyers estimates herbicide drift has caused $50,000 damage in the past three years to vineyards he owns, leases or manages in Oregon’s Yamhill County wine country, and he’s had enough of it.
An incident this spring wilted the leaves of a block of muscat grapes and likely will stop shoot development and prevent fruit formation, Meyers said. It’s the third year in a row he’s been hit ...(Read Full Article)
Adelsheim Vineyard is pleased to announce its purchase of a 59-acre property in the Chehalem Mountains American Viticultural Area, which includes the 20-acre Bryan Creek Vineyard.
“First planted by us in 1989, Bryan Creek has long been part of the Adelsheim Vineyard estate vineyard portfolio. However, the land underneath the grapes has always been owned by our neighbors, Jess and Joy Howell. We had a 30-year lease that allowed us to plant and manage a vineyard on 20 acres,” says president and co-founder David Adelsheim.
Following Jess Howell’s passing three years ago, his wife and their children made the ...(Read Full Article)
Signs let farmers know their herbicides can harm local vineyards: Wine-grape growers group is most worried about effects of 2,4-D
The state's largest organization of wine-grape growers is making signs for distribution to vintners who are concerned with the risks herbicides can pose to vineyards.
The Oregon Winegrowers Association is making fence-post signs available to wineries and vineyard owners. The signs alert farmers who are using 2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid, commonly referred to as 2,4-D, about the potential danger to the state's 25,000 acres of vineyards.
The systemic herbicide, used in the control of broadleaf weeds, is one of the most widely used herbicides in the world, and is the third-most commonly used herbicide in North America ...(Read Full Article)
After Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., intervenes, the Alcohol, Tax and Trade Bureau backs off a ruling that would have halted a new law allow wine sales in refillable containers.(Read Full Article)
Atlas Vineyard Management purchased two properties totaling 683 acres in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, where Atlas president Mike Cybulski and several staff members have been farming and developing vineyards since 2006.
“We’re committed to Oregon, and we’re committed to the relationships we have in Oregon,” says Barry Belli, co-founder and CEO of Atlas Vineyard Management. “We wanted to buy these properties to further these relationships and help local wineries grow their brands.”
Purchasing the two sites—Cooper Creek and Fern Creek—represents a new chapter for Atlas which farms high-end vineyard sites in Oregon and California’s North ...(Read Full Article)
Northwest Vineyards Sees Bud Break: Rate of development slows in March - Oregon growers report spring growth seven to 10 days ahead of schedule
Buds broke this past week, starting the journey to vintage 2014, with those in Oregon’s Dundee Hills among the latest to join the pilgrim vines.
Gentle rains nourished local vines through March. Swelling buds finally began to break March 27 at Stoller Family Estate in Dundee, where vineyard manager Rob Schultz told Wines & Vines, “Bud break is just starting.”(Read Full Article)
FOOD LOVERS IN Vancouver frequently look to Portland with envy. The city is often cited as a model for food-cart and craft-beer culture. While growlers are a household word in Portland, Vancouverites are just becoming accustomed to the large, reusable jugs that can be filled with beer on tap. Always one step ahead, Portland has expanded the growler concept to include wine, reducing packaging and often the price of the beverage. Last April, Oregon made it legal to buy wine in growlers, something that’s still prohibited in B.C.
On a recent visit to Portland, the Georgia Straight asked ...
Grape growers, winemakers and just about everyone else in Oregon’s wine industry attended the Oregon Wine Symposium (OWS), that recently took place in Portland. The event, coordinated by theOregon Wine Board, brought people from across the state to learn, buy new products and services and solve problems in moderated sessions and discussion groups. The tradeshow, silent auction and evening dinner gave wine industry folks an opportunity to imbibe, shop, network and collaborate while together.
With tracks that focused on Business, Viticulture and Enology, the informative sessions dealt with a wide variety of topics including; tasting room hospitality, a ...(Read Full Article)
The federal government has opened commenting on the proposed The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater American Viticultural Area in Oregon’s portion of the Walla Walla Valley, but geologist Kevin Pogue said his petition for the wine growing region is easy to defend.
“I designed it to be what I think is the single-most terroir-driven AVA in the United States,” Pogue told a group of wine writers last summer. “Ninety-seven percent of the ground within the AVA boundary is one soil type — the Freewater very cobbly loam — and it’s on one landform, the Milton-Freewater alluvial fan. It also has ...(Read Full Article)
Oregon Pulls Ahead With DtC Sales: Willamette Valley Pinot Noir gains in popularity as distribution improves
Oregon wines have made headway with consumers during the past five years, but there is still room for improvement, according to experts speaking at the Oregon Wine Industry Symposium held this week at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland.(Read Full Article)
“One of Oregon’s barriers has been distribution in the marketplace,” said Christian Miller, proprietor of Full Glass Research and research director of Wine Opinions. Luckily, consumer perception of this problem is on the upswing.
According to Wine Opinions’ survey of perceived marketing conditions, 52% of respondents said retailers carry many wines from Oregon and can recommend them, a 19% increase ...
Winegrowers vying to become the 18th American Viticultural Area in Oregon have reached an important milestone. On February 26, 2014, a new notice of proposed rulemaking was published in the Federal Register, soliciting comments regarding the proposed "The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater" AVA. The comment period is open until April 28, 2014, and comments can be submitted online.(Read Full Article)
The proposed 4.9 square mile AVA is located just south of the Oregon/Washington border, in the southern part of the Walla Walla AVA, which in turn is nested in the Columbia Valley AVA. If TTB approves the new AVA, Washington ...
Oregon wineries, with their premium-priced Pinot noir, continue to thrive on direct to consumer marketing, a researcher and banker told the Oregon Wine Symposium. Portland — Consumers who “traded down” to lower-end wines during the recession are now ...(Read Full Article)
An annual report compiled by the Oregon Wine Board in Portland says the “high drama” brought on by heavy rain in late September may have resulted in some “virtuoso” winemaking and the state yield may top 2012's record of 50,000 tons by up to 20 percent ...(Read Full Article)