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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)
Oregon winemakers around the state can scarcely contain their excitement about the potential of the 2014 harvest. Conditions appear to be so superb that every positive indicator is operating on overdrive.
Ken Wright has been immersed in the Yamhill Valley wine world since 1986, when he founded Panther Creek Cellars. He sources fruit from the Yamhill-Carlton, Dundee Hills, Eola Hills and McMinnville AVAs.(Read Full Article)
By Hilary Berg, OWP Editor
As a winery owner, I know how hard it can be to garner media attention, especially when — you believe — you’re rightfully deserving of the spotlight.
In the case of Honeywood and HillCrest, these two wineries deserve the utmost respect as both have roots so deep, perhaps Roots would have been an appropriate name for either.
Some wineries — Roots! — are shameless for attention; not the case for Honeywood or HillCrest.(Read Full Article)
On December 18, 2012, a massive windstorm blew through the Willamette Valley, causing severe roof damage to Kevin and Carla Chambers’ triple-wide mobile home just outside Newberg. “We had a waterfall in our house,” says Kevin, a vineyard manager who has worked in the Oregon wine industry for 35 years. “My wife and I looked at each other and said, ‘Obviously, we’ll have to do something about our living situation.’”
Back in 1989, the couple had bought a 32-acre property called Resonance, knowing that it was an exceptional site for growing pinot noir grapes. In the hands of local ...(Read Full Article)
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The 23rd Wine Industry Financial Symposium, designed to bring together lenders and the wine business, was held earlier this week at the Marriott Napa Valley. Among many interesting sessions, one that attracted great attention was that on winery and vineyard sales and acquisitions.(Read Full Article)
John Mackie, the managing partner of law firm Carle, Mackie, Power & Ross, moderated a panel of Josh Grace, managing director, International Wine Associates; Matthew Franklin, principal, Zepponi & Company; and vineyard appraiser Tony Correia of the Correia Company.
Josh Grace started the discussion with transactions in the Pacific Northwest, which has become a hotbed of wine property sales ...
Sam Tannahill doesn’t want to jinx the 2014 Oregon wine grape harvest, but here goes: It’s shaping up to be “epic.”
“An amazing year,” said Tannahill, viticulture director and a co-founder of A to Z Wineworks in Yamhill County. Perfectly warm summer temperatures, no bad weather “curveballs” like last year’s monsoon and very little disease pressure, he said.
As a result, the state’s growing regions, from Mosier in the Columbia River Gorge to Medford in Southern Oregon, are producing big yields of “beautiful, beautiful grapes,” Tannahill said. “The quality is off the charts.”
Knock on wood ...(Read Full Article)
Oregon’s 601 wineries and 905 vineyards are delighted as the early outlook for the 2014 vintage is prosperous. Ideal growing conditions in the spring and summer have the state’s $2.7 billion wine industry poised for a potential record harvest.(Read Full Article)