Early Harvest for Wine Grapes

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Local winemakers say the hot, dry summer is causing many vineyard grapes to mature faster, making for an earlier harvest. A fairly young local winery is welcoming their first in-house winemaker to the Rogue Valley. “We’ve been actively involved in the process but having our own in-house wine maker takes it … Continue reading »

Wine Growlers Approved in Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. — On Friday,¬†Oregon Senator Ron Wyden announced that the federal agency that regulates the sale of alcohol has agreed to rescind an order that would have blocked the sale of wine growlers in Oregon. In a letter to members of the Oregon delegation the administrator of the federal Alcohol, Tobacco Tax and Trade … Continue reading »

Wine Industry Booming In Rogue Valley

GOLD HILL, Ore. — A new report suggests a wine shortage will continue to be a problem worldwide, but here in the Rogue Valley both production and sales of wine are up. The report by Morgan Stanley shows a global shortage of about 300 million cases a year. The shortage could be linked to a … Continue reading »

Smoke Could Mean Success for Wineries

APPLEGATE VALLEY, Ore. — Local vineyards say all of that smoke we’ve seen may spell success. In the past, vineyards have even branded their wines after fires in the area. Smoke has been pouring into the Applegate Valley at sometimes hazardous levels. The smoke is impacting the wine industry, forcing at least one wine tour … Continue reading »

RoxyAnn Bottles New Wine

MEDFORD, Ore. — For the first time, a Southern Oregon winery is bottling a new type of red wine. RoxyAnn Winery is bringing out its petit syrah in bottles. They just finished bottling 300 cases of it. Previously, the company only used as a variety in a blend with other wines, but RoxyAnn has decided … Continue reading »

Kendall Jackson Buys Land

MEDFORD, Ore. — Southern Oregon winemakers are praising new attention the state is getting from one of the country’s biggest wineries. Kendall Jackson, one of the top ten wine producers in the country, recently closed a purchase on land from three different wineries in the Willamette Valley, totaling roughly 400 acres. The amount of money … Continue reading »

Record Numbers for Oregon Wineries

ASHLAND, Ore. — Just in time for the holidays: news that will make local winemakers rejoice. For the first time, Oregon wineries topped the 2 million case mark, the result of a record 42,000 tons of grapes harvested last year. The state’s 463 wineries saw overall sales increase 9%; compare that to just 2% for … Continue reading »