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July 8, 2019 | Latest News

How Oregon Grape Growers Banded Together In Support

By Kathie Zipp
Growing Produce

While California’s wine industry leads the U.S., Oregon’s is nothing to scoff at. More than 700 wineries and 30,000 acres of vineyards grace the state’s diverse geography, making it well-suited to many different varieties.

But concerns of smoke taint from last year’s wildfires threatened to put many of the state’s growers out of business.

Last fall, preparations for harvest were going as usual for Quail Run Vineyards, until co-owner Michael Moore received a letter from California-based Copper Cane Wines and Provisions canceling its order due to smoke taint. Moore sells to about 40 wineries and every other one had accepted the fruit. About 10% of his acreage was suddenly unaccounted for. He was shocked. Read full article...

Time Posted: Jul 8, 2019 at 9:00 AM