Grape Season Getting Underway

Grape Season Getting Underway

Grape Season Getting Underway. I’m Greg Martin with today’s Fruit Grower Report.

Very soon now there will be loads of wine festivals around the northwest all talking about the crush or the act of squeezing the juice from grapes that will ultimately become wine. Grape harvest is just beginning according to Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers, Vicky Scharlau.

SCHARLAU: We’ve heard that there is some of the sauvignon blanc is being harvested on Red Mountain and a few of the other early varieties in the southern part of the state so after Labor Day is when we really can look at having a full force of harvest start.

The entire industry is excited about this year’s crop and the quality of the fruit has been exceptional. Scharlau does remind folks to be careful.

SCHARLAU: We’ll ask all of the consuming public to be cautious behind those grape trucks as they head to the wineries but we are looking at a record production year this year so we’ll keep our fingers crossed in terms of what happens between now and when harvest really gets into full swing but so far Mother Nature has been very kind to us.

One of the major issues regarding the wine industry this year is really just getting underway and that is making sure if it says Washington wine that it really is.

SCHARLAU: This past session, the 2009 session, the board on behalf of the membership pushed for a bill that required all Washington State wines to contain at least 95% Washington grapes.

We’ll continue this discussion on Monday.

That’s today’s Fruit Grower Report. I’m Greg Martin on the Northwest Ag Information Network.

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