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Conditions perfect for big Oregon wine yield

on 08/09/14 at 10:37 am


imagesOregon’s Dundee Hills suffered from late rains last year that impacted the quality of wine in one of Oregon’s most productive regions.

Not this year.

Vintners in the Willamette Valley say the conditions have so far been perfect, and early September has given white-grape growers a chance to start harvesting early.

The first picking of the state’s famous pinot noir grapes isn’t far behind, The Statesman Journal reported.

Stoller Family Estate vineyard manager Robert Schultz says Oregon’s hot summer and the mild conditions for ambient yeast on the grapes themselves combined to forecast a strong early harvest.

“This year is remarkable for its earliness, perfect conditions at bloom and increased heat accumulation,” Schultz said, adding that this year’s crop is “bigger and riper earlier than last year.”