Oregon gets record wine grape yields


Despite a cold spring and late-ripening crop, Oregon wine grape growers are experiencing record yields.

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Despite a cold spring and late-ripening crop, Oregon wine grape growers are experiencing record yields.

 

Statewide, wine-industry representatives are calling it a “miracle harvest.”

Following a 22 percent production decline in 2010, when late rains hampered harvest and migrating birds damaged crops, the state’s vintners were more than a bit antsy with many grape varieties slow to ripen. This past week, however, the Oregon Wine Board reported the industry was poised to challenge tonnage records.

“Two weeks ago, we were literally in the bottom of the ninth inning, two runs behind with two outs,” said Sam Tannahill, chairman of the Oregon Wine Board, in a statement. “Then things changed 180 degrees, the weather patterns shifted and the sun came out. Truly, this is a miracle harvest.”

Read more at The Mail-Tribune.

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