Wine glut possible

Oregon grape production continues to expand as the state’s wine sales drop.

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Oregon’s wine industry is raising concerns about oversupply, as the state continues to expand grape production while wine sales drop.

Oregon wine sales were down 5% in volume in 2009 from the year before. Oregon wines tend to be more expensive, which make them less attractive to distributors.

‘Not only are we producing more grapes, but more acres are coming online,” said Ted Farthing, executive director of the Oregon Wine Board. ‘We need to do a lot more work on the demand side.”

Farthing and other wine experts recently gathered in Eugene to discuss the industry’s outlook at an annual symposium.

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