Research & Reports

Technical Research Funding Approach for Oregon Wineries and Vineyards

The Oregon Wine Board provides, pursuant to its legislative charter, research grants to institutions for research in viticulture and enology of particular relevance to the Oregon wine industry. Central to this function of the OWB is the formally appointed research committee, which is comprised of 53 viticulture and enology professionals in the Oregon wine industry. To ensure that the OWB funds research that is of the highest relevance and quality for Oregon’s wine industry while also addressing current or emerging challenges confronting Oregon’s wine growers and winemakers, the Research Committee meets annually to assess the Oregon wine industry’s top research priorities. These priorities are released in the form of an RFA, and research proposals received in response to the RFA are evaluated for quality, relevance, budget, and staff/facility resources. The results of OWB-supported research are reported to the industry through seminars, symposia, extension publications, and peer-reviewed journals.

Oregon Wine Standing Committee on Research

The Oregon Wine Standing Committee on Research (OWSCR) was founded in 2013 and is chaired by a member of the Oregon Wine Board. This Committee is charged by the OWB Board to bring a clear perspective on the research needs of Oregon’s wine industry to the work conducted at OSU’s Oregon Wine Research Institute (OWRI). OWSCR includes both industry members and OWRI research scientists and administrators, and it takes a somewhat longer view of industry needs and trends in order to consolidate grower and winemaker input for the scientists at the OWRI. Like the OWB Research Committee, OWSCR includes of wine community members from all over the state.

OWB Support for Special Research Projects

In addition to projects overseen by the Research Committee and the OWSCR, the Oregon Wine Board also reviews funding requests for special projects and work conducted for the benefit of the Oregon wine industry by members of Oregon’s colleges and universities.

Oregon Wine Research Institute

The principal organ for conducting wine-related research in Oregon is the Oregon Wine Research Institute (OWRI), which resides in the College of Agriculture of Oregon State University. OWRI is dedicated to conducting and disseminating research efforts that support Oregon grape growing and wine production. Members of the OWRI faculty are appointed by the Dean of the College of Agriculture, and may include USDA scientists as well as OSU scientists. Funding for OWRI research comes from OSU, OWB, other external grants, and donations from wine industry members. The results of OWRI research are disseminated in the forms of workshops, hands-on training, research reports, webinars, and numerous print and online publications. The three main areas of OWRI focus are viticulture, enology, and business.  Descriptions of the research being conducted can be found at the Oregon Wine Research Institute website.

Harvest reports give an overview of each vintage and harvest conditions – from bud break through crush. Winery overviews from around the state provide a personal account of the year to provide a balanced picture of the vintage throughout the state.

In conjunction with the US Department of Agriculture, the Oregon Wine Board produces an annual vineyard and winery study. Until 2011, the USDA produced these reports. In 2011, the USDA produced only the vineyard report. OWB produced a separate wineries report. These reports are published annually in the summer.

The Oregon Wine Board has conducted three economic impact studies. The first study was released in 2006, the second in 2011 and the third in 2015.

World-renowned climatologist Dr. Greg Jones has produced a weather and climate forecast update for almost six years. These updates are sent almost every month, usually around the 5-10th, during the active growing season and then less frequent in the middle of winter. Below is an archive of updates. Bookmark this page to access the most recent releases, or if you would like to directly receive these reports contact Dr. Jones.

To ensure that the OWB funds research that is of the highest relevance and quality for Oregon’s wine industry while also addressing current or emerging challenges confronting Oregon’s wine growers and winemakers, the Research Committee meets annually to assess the Oregon wine industry’s top research priorities.