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Pallet Wine Co. to Process a Record 425 Tons

Posted on November 23, 2011

Pallet Wine Company, Southern Oregon’s only dedicated custom crush facility, will process a record-breaking 425 tons of wine grapes this year, more than doubling 2010’s production.

“We’ve handled everything from A to Z – Albariño to Zinfandel,” said Pallet winemaker and co-owner Linda Donovan. “It’s quite amazing how many different grape cultivars do well here, including some that probably aren’t grown anywhere else in the Pacific Northwest.”

Pallet is still processing last-minute arrivals, but Donovan expects every lot to be received by December 1. Altogether, Pallet has 36 active custom-crush clients.

“In September, many growers were quite worried about this harvest,” explained Donovan. “But we had a classic Indian Summer, which made for greater tonnage than expected and higher quality.”

Grape varieties processed were Albariño, Barbera, Cabernet franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignane, Chardonnay, Cinsault, Dolcetto, Frontenac, Gewürtztraminer, Grenache, Le Crescent, Malbec, Marchal Foch, Marsanne, Merlot, Montepulciano, Mourvedre, Muller-Thurgau, Muscat Canelli, Nebbiolo, Pinot blanc, Pinot gris, Pinot noir, Pinotage, Roussane, Riesling, Sauvignon blanc, St. Croix, Syrah, Tempranillo, Touriga Nacional, Vermentino, Vignoles, Viognier and Zinfandel.

Opened in 2009, Pallet is a 22,000-square-foot facility created exclusively to serve Southern Oregon’s rapidly growing wine industry. The company provides full-service winemaking, laboratory, storage, wine education, compliance and support services to wineries and grape growers throughout the region.

For more information, contact Pallet Wine Company at (541) 779-1788.


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