Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Fruit of the Vine: Oregon's Grape and Wine Industry

In less than 30 years, Oregon's grape and wine industry has gone from 179 vineyards to 905, added over 22,000 acres planted in wine grapes, and seen the addition of more than 450 new wineries. This growing industry is leaving an ever-expanding footprint across the hills, valleys, and marketplaces of Oregon.

The graph below, detailing the number of vineyards and acres planted between 1986 and 2012, shows a growing industry. This period saw a 406 percent increase in the number of Oregon vineyards and a 562 percent increase in the number of acres planted in wine grapes. Investment in wine grape cultivation, especially just prior to the Great Recession of 2007 to 2009, can be seen in the surge in acres planted - a 37 percent increase between 2005 and 2008. This vineyard expansion corresponded with a 17 percent increase in the number of wineries.

For a much more in-depth report on wineries and vineyards in Oregon, read Annette Shelton-Tiderman's full article at

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