The Low Down on High Yields: Challenging Yield-Quality Standards for Oregon Pinot Noir
Oregon Pinot noir producers are known for their attention to detail in vineyard management and wine production. It is their uncompromising standards that lead them to the premium quality for which the industry is known. Perhaps the strongest standard has been the adherence to low tonnage guidelines across vineyards and regions in order to achieve maximum quality. How much has the yield per acre metric increased wine quality, and is there room for improvement on these standards? These questions will be addressed through results from the Statewide Crop Load Project, a large-scale industry collaborative research initiative led by OSU Viticulturist Patty Skinkis and more than 20 collaborators in Oregon. This session will include a tasting of six wines, while a panel of collaborating winemakers and viticulturists share their perspective on the wines and the impacts that this research has had on their winery’s production.