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Extreme Temperatures Good For Wineries

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – Southern Oregon’s recent weather is getting close to the triple digits with lows dipping into the 30’s in the Klamath Basin.

Local wineries say the fluctuating temperatures are actually ideal for their vineyards. They say this weather gives the grapes a chance to develop a strong flavor.

“It’s good for the grapes to have a cooling period at night, then get them good and warm the next day, it’s good for them. It’ll help build that flavor and complexity in there,” explained Duncan Brons at Schmidt Family Vineyards.

Local vineyards say the cooler temperatures at night do slow the ripening process because the grapes ripen best during warmer temperatures, but believe the harvest will be on time.