The Washington State Wine Commision is hoping to expand its state’s wine market into Canada. A $97,000 federal grant was issued to support promotion and marketing. Trade barriers make it difficult for Washington wineries to compete with the wineries in British Columbia. The goal of the grant is to help Washington and the Northwest compete.
Crop estimates from the Washington Association of WineGrape Growers put this year’s wine grapes at over 230,000 tons. This is an increase from 210,000 tons in 2013 and 188,000 tons in 2012. The crop is expected to result in a record-breaking amount of wine grapes.
The Oregon Wine Board is expecting high yields this season. Winemakers attribute this to the fact that minimum temperatures, rather than maximum temperatures were higher than usual, reducing vine stress. Many estates began harvest two weeks earlier than usual, some finishing in mid-September, compared to early November in 2010 and 2011. Grapes crushed by Oregon [...]
The Napa Valley Grape Growers released a Viticultural Best Practices Video Series. The series focuses on offering instructional how-to videos on farming practices. The aim is to promote sustainable best practices for most of the major viticultural events that happen throughout the growing season. The videos can be viewed here.
The Stanislaus County Agricultural Commission hosted an event on October 30th at which farmers in the county could bring in their obsolete and unwanted pesticides. The goal was to provide a way to ensure the safe disposal of pesticides. The event was funded by a $100,000 federal grant from the US EPA.