Sagemoor Vineyards began in 1968 by Alec Bayless, who put together a group of investors to purchase the land. By 1972, Sagemoor, Bacchus and Dionysus were planted. It was the first large-scale planting in the state at a time when the Washington wine industry consisted of fewer than a dozen wineries
An Idaho tax incentive bill recently signed into law includes the main elements of a previously proposed Ag Jobs bill that enjoyed widespread support from the state's farm community but failed to pass during the 2012 and 2013 legislative sessions.
Oregon has water issues like most of the western U.S., according to Kathie Dello, associate director of the Oregon Climate Change Research institute at Oregon State University. Because the rain and snow falls from October to March, Oregon relies a lot on the snowpack and precipitation in the summer months.
Last fall, Washington winemakers crushed 900 tons of grenache - a small amount that makes this a grape made in relatively small lots. At nearly $1,900 per ton, grenache also was the state's most expensive grape variety overall, showing just how much in demand it is at this time in the state's history.
All of those stores earned the right to sell spirits after the passage of Initiative 1183 in fall 2011. Following its passage, the state auctioned off its 167 stores, completing the process in late April 2012
Snoqualmie Winery, Washington's largest certified organic vineyard in the state, introduces new packaging and an updated website (www.snoqualmie.com) for its entire line of wines. The first wines to feature the new packaging began shipping nationally in February 2013.
The unwinding and dispersal of the nearly 5,000 acres of vineyard properties formerly owned by the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) and its partners is complete. Napa-based Atlas Vineyard Management Inc. announced this week that it had acquired 683 acres at two sites in the Willamette Valley. The properties include the Cooper Creek vineyard, a 300-acre property just west of Monmouth, Ore., and Fern Creek, a 383-acre property near Dallas, Ore.
Dewey Weddington launched Ferment Marketing and exited his role as the director of marketing and education with the Oregon Wine Board (OWB) after nearly two years of helping to restructure the organization. Under the Ferment Marketing banner, Weddington will work with Oregon wineries, breweries, cideries and other craft producers to create, enhance and build their brand.
Mark Chien, a veteran viticulturist with previous ties to Oregon's wine industry, has been hired as coordinator of Oregon State University's Wine Research Institute. Chien's hiring allows Bill Boggess, the interim director, to resume his primary duties as executive associate dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences. Boggess will retain overall responsibility for the institute.
A Canadian company that recently scooped up a fifth of the remaining prime land in Washington's smallest wine grape growing area is the new owner of two vineyards in the state's largest. Aquilini Brands bought almost 700 acres of vineyards in the Horse Heaven Hills for almost $7 million earlier this week.
The executive director of the Idaho Wine Commission says the state is getting national attention for its wines. Moya Dolsby credits a $400,000 annual budget funded through the state liquor tax and wine industry assessment as well as enthusiastic supporters.
Oregon has become a tour de force on the global pinot noir scene. The state's wine went from being an experiment in the mid-1960s to a viable product in the 1990s. Today, wine is a major industry in Oregon, and as pinot noir accounts for about two-thirds of the sales, it is largely responsible for putting our neighbor to the north on the winery map.
A half hour was all it took this afternoon for Musser Bros. to sell 694 acres of vineyard land in the Horse Heaven Hills AVA to an undisclosed buyer. The transaction, which is set to close May 9, saw the Alder Creek and Windy Ridge vineyard properties - which include 335 acres of developed vineyard - sell out of receivership for $6.89 million.
The impact of old vines on Washington State's wine industry has become more important in the past 10 years as planted acreage surged from 30,000 acres to more than 50,000 acres. The predominance of new vines complicated grape buying decisions as the number of wineries multiplied at the same time, and most winemakers went looking for old-vine fruit.