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Did Our Extremely Wet Winter Have Any Effect on the Vineyards?

By Ron Burke, Tasting Room Manager

Overall the answer is yes and no.  Since the majority of vineyards in the Willamette Valley are dry farmed, it’s always good to have a dependable supply of ground water for the vines to utilize during the growing season.  During the winter months, the vines are dormant so they are not actually soaking up all that rain.  But it is draining into the soil and going deep.  That’s where the roots are, so it did not really have any adverse effect on the vines per se.  But it will influence the overall conditions of the vineyards in that they will have plenty of water for the vines this growing season.