Oregon grows record amount of wine grapes

Oregon grows record amount of wine grapes

Oregon wine grape production grew 33% in 2011 to a record high 41,500 tons.

Oregon wine grape production has climbed relatively steadily since the 1980s, when growers were harvesting less than 7,000 tons.
"Growers reported many challenges this season, including powdery mildew, botrytis bunch rot, deer and birds," [USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service] wrote in the report. "Most disrupting of all was the weather. Spring came late and summer never heated up ... but heavy pruning and favorable fall weather led to a quality crop."

Read more at Capital Press.

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