Grape growers happy with the heat

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Roseburg (KMTR) – The heat wave Oregon has been experiencing seems to be a pleasant surprise for grape growers in the region.

Alex J. Cabrera, Vineyard Manager at Abacela Winery in Roseburg, says the lagging spring and late summer weather put their crop about a month behind. But now, with warmer temperatures and plenty of sun, they won’t be stuck picking the grapes later in the year; their crops can mature, avoiding the added problems that can come with harvesting later in the fall.

“The risk of moisture, birds—birds come down from the north and they want to eat. And the longer our vines are outside they’re going to eat more,” says Cabrera. “It’s just, this weather right now is pulling us back towards kind of a standard year.”

The heat in September also gives grapes time to sweeten, so the wine isn’t bitter. The warm, dry weather can also slow down any residual fungi or spores that can harm the crops.


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