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Winery Owner Says Fire Season Smoke Did Not Affect Grapes

One Jacksonville winery owner says all of this year's fires and smoke did not negatively affect his harvest.

Posted: Oct 3, 2018 6:07 PM
Updated: Oct 3, 2018 6:12 PM

JACKSONVILLE, Ore. -- One Jacksonville winery owner says all of this year's fires and smoke did not negatively affect his harvest. 

Bill Steele, Owner of Cowhorn Vineyard and Garden, said he has tested his grapes and found no sign of lasting smoke effects. 

"We did have some smoky days, but it was not nearly as bad as last year," Steele said. 

He believes Southern Oregon's microclimates are part of the reason. 

"On the east side and the west side, we've got fairly hilly mountains, that kind of protected us to some extent. We are also benefited from the fact that there is almost a constant, low-level wind," Steele said. 

While he's thankful for that, he's not declaring victory just yet. 

"Looks like we've survived the season, but there could be a fire tomorrow," Steele said. 

He said he believes this year's smoke also caused a significant switch-up on one of his wines.

"Typically our Grenache comes in last, it comes in mid to late October, we actually harvested yesterday," Steele said. 

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