Oklahoma Vineyards & Wineries Start Non-profit Organization
on 04/02/11 at 1:13 pmWine
Many Oklahoma wineries and vineyards have joined together creating the Oklahoma Grape Industry Council (OGIC).
The OGIC is centered around statewide local groups, which have existed for years and focus primarily on viticulture – the growing of quality wine grapes.
Gene Clifton of Canadian River Vineyards and Winery, who has been involved in the industry since the mid-70s, will be the interim head of the organization as it is formed.
“Lincoln County Grape Growers Association, Frontier Country Wine Growers Association, Grand Wine Country Association, Great Plains Wine Growers Association, Gloss Mountains Wine Growers Association and Kiamichi Wine Growers Association have formed the new organization,” Clifton said. “The organization will focus on marketing and quality through education, research, communication and a focused agenda, which is inclusive of all who make up the Oklahoma grape and wine industry.”
Oklahoma’s Commercial Grape and Wine industry is based on adding value to an agricultural specialty crop, wine grapes, estimated to be more than 1,000 acres this past year. Each acre of mature grape vines can produce 3 to 5 tons of grapes if properly cared for and maintained.