Many of you are familiar with the Oregon Wine Brotherhood, an organization of wine enthusiasts dedicated to promoting and supporting the wines of Oregon and southern Washington through education and scholarships. They have traditionally funded wine education scholarships at Chemeketa Community College, Oregon State University and others. The OWB is honored this year to be a recipient of their grant program for a project that will help us further educate industry members on advanced professional sales methods in DTC and distribution and other winery business topics. I’d like to especially acknowledge Court Carrier from the Brotherhood, who supported and worked with us on the grant application.
In case you missed it in the flurry of harvest activity, we recently opened registration for the 2019 Oregon Wine Symposium. Our education committees have been working very hard over the past six months to pull together an innovative slate of sessions, with topics including understanding wildfire impacts on grapes, exploration of the microbiome, benchmarking for successful business decisions, and many more. Viticulture sessions on Tuesday will be interpreted live for Spanish-speaking attendees. We will also be joined by more than 175 suppliers at the largest wine industry trade show in the Northwest. The early bird ticket discount is available through Jan. 15, and Oregon Winegrowers Association members are eligible for an additional $60 discount. We work hard to make sure the Oregon Wine Symposium delivers the highest-value educational experience for our industry and we hope to see you and your team there. Register today.
If you are interested in expanding your distribution through export markets or supporting markets you already export to, consider participating in one of our international tasting events this winter and spring. OWB-hosted tasting events are funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Market Access Program. These funds are specifically earmarked for promotion of Oregon wines outside the U.S. In the upcoming year, we will be hosting events in Osaka, Tokyo, London and Toronto. If you are interested in attending, find details here.
Finally, a quick note to let you know that an update to the 2017 Vineyard and Winery Report has been posted. You’ll find more details about the changes below.
NEWS FROM THE OREGON WINEGROWERS ASSOCIATION From Jana McKamey, Vice President of Government Affairs and Operations
The United States, Canada and Mexico recently completed negotiations on a new, modernized free trade agreement to succeed NAFTA. The pending U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement must still be approved by Congress. The U.S. wine industry pushed for an end to discriminatory measures that favor domestic production in Canadian provinces, particularly in British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec. Canada is the top export market for Oregon wine, representing nearly 50% of all exports, but trade barriers have curtailed market growth. As part of the agreement, Canada agreed to resolve the ongoing World Trade Organization dispute involving the exclusive access of British Columbia-produced wines to B.C. grocery store shelves by November 2019. While trade barriers still remain, this represents a step towards improved market access for Oregon wines in Canada.
The OWA sent an industry-wide alert last week asking for assistance for Rogue Valley winegrowers impacted by extensive last minute contract cancellations. We appreciate the outpouring of responses received. We have been working alongside a number of Oregon wineries to support local growers and connect them to potential resources. Stay tuned for more information on collaborative efforts to help support your fellow wine community members.
All the best,
VP Finance and Administration
Oregon Wine Board
OREGON WINE SYMPOSIUM
2019 Oregon Wine Symposium Registration Now Open
Registration is now open for the Oregon Wine Symposium. The event will take place Feb. 12-13, 2019 at the Oregon Convention Center. Your Full-Access ticket includes more than 25 sessions to select from as well as access to the Trade Show, Experimental Wine Tasting, Oregon Wine Soirée and Industry Awards Ceremony. See the agenda and register your team.
Preliminary Call for Participation in 2019 Symposium Wine Trials
The OWB Education Committee is currently gauging interest of wineries to offer trial wines for the 2019 Symposium Experimental Wine Tasting. The format will be slightly different this year and a committee will select the trials to be featured in November. Learn more and indicate your interest.
2019 International Event Registration Now Open
Registration is now open for 2019 trade and consumer tasting events around the globe, including Osaka, Tokyo, London and Toronto and the ProWein trade show in Düsseldorf. If you export to these markets or are seeking an importer, consider joining us. Get the schedule and registration links.
Make a Nomination for 2019 OPC International Trade Tour | Deadline: Dec. 1
Each year, the Oregon Wine Board hosts a group of international trade members in late June, chosen from among nominees provided by the industry. The group attends Oregon Pinot Camp and also meets with winemakers from around the state to get a complete picture of wine in Oregon. Learn more or make a nomination.
OWRI Seminar Series: Water Reduction in Wine Grapes Using HydroShield | Oct. 16
On Oct. 16, OSU extension horticulturist Clive Kaiser will present an hour-long seminar titled “Water Reduction in Wine Grapes Using HydroShield, a Novel Plant Coating.” Get more details.
27th Annual Oregon Water Law Conference | Nov. 8-9
The annual Oregon Water Law Conference gathers the most active, diverse and experienced Oregon water law experts to address the issues of the day. The program will provide an update on recent legislative developments along with discussions of the key issues driving water policy. OWA members can receive a code for $100 off registration. Learn more and get OWA discount code.
Take the Silicon Valley Bank Annual Wine Conditions Survey | Deadline: Oct. 19
Please take SVB’s annual Wine Conditions Survey, which enables them to produce their annual State of the Industry Report. The more Oregon wineries participate, the more valuable the data will be for our community. Survey participants will receive anonymous results, detailed analysis and dozens of charts that will provide insights into the changes impacting our business. Take the survey.
Updated 2017 Oregon Vineyard and Winery Report Now Available
The 2017 Oregon Vineyard and Winery Report was recently released, indicating significant growth within many areas of our state’s wine industry. The original report has been updated to reflect minor corrections in 2017 planted and harvested acreage, impacting a few figures in Vineyard Tables 1, 2 and 3. Read the report.
October 2018 Weather and Climate Forecast
On Oct. 4, Dr. Greg Jones of Linfield College published an updated weather and climate summary and forecast. This report looks back at September conditions, provides an updated drought watch, and forecasts conditions for October, November and December. Read the report.
CALLS FOR WINE
American Wine Society Commercial Wine Competition | Deadline: Oct. 22
The American Wine Society (AWS) invites commercial wineries to compete in the 2018 AWS Commercial Wine Competition being held Oct. 30-31. The AWS is the largest consumer-based wine organization in the United States. Learn more.
San Francisco International Wine Competition | Deadline: Oct. 26
The San Francisco International Wine Competition is now accepting entries into its 38th annual awards program. Judging will take place Nov. 17-19, with entries accepted through Oct. 26. Learn more.
Enobytes Seeking Oregon Syrah | Deadline: Nov. 15
Enobytes.com is seeking Oregon Syrah for its Syrah and Shiraz from Around the World report, which will publish March 2019. Wines need to be received by Nov. 15. Get submission details.
TEXSOM International Wine Awards: Free Shipping
OWB has again partnered with FedEx, which has agreed to generously sponsor the shipment of Oregon entries to the TEXSOM International Wine Awards beginning Nov. 1. Watch for more details in the coming weeks. In 2018, 31 wineries took advantage of this program, resulting in more Oregon entries and a 20% increase in award-winning Oregon wines, representing 12 AVAs and 22 varieties. Read more about this initiative.
James Suckling Submissions Closed
Thank you to everyone who submitted samples for the upcoming James Suckling Oregon review. Since opening the call in August, we have received 400 samples, the maximum amount accepted by the publication. These wines have been cataloged, photographed and safely stored at NW Distribution Co. Any more incoming samples will be returned.
Pour at Chemeketa’s 2018 Nouveau Release Party
The Chemeketa Wine Studies program is hosting a Nouveau Release Party on Nov. 15 from 5-7:30 p.m. Oregon wineries producing Nouveau style wines are invited to join the celebration while pouring and selling wine at this public event. Get more details.
Vinexpo New York 2019 Exhibitor Opportunities
Vinexpo New York will take place on March 4-5, 2019. The 2018 show was the largest B2B trade event focused on wine and spirits ever held in the U.S. The deadline to reserve exhibition space is Feb. 1, 2019. Get more details.
Northwest Wine Radio Now Booking 2019
Northwest Wine Radio seeks winemakers for their winter 2019 schedule. Recording takes place on select Mondays in Seattle and participation is free. View the schedule and learn more.
Media Calls on Fires and Smoke Taint Affecting Grapes
Many Oregon winegrowers and producers are receiving calls on the impact of smoke on this year’s vintage. You may refer those inquiries to OWB communications manager Sally Murdoch, who is prepared to address this sensitive topic. WVWA members may alternatively contact Emily Petterson. If you prefer to answer questions directly, we recommend you first review OWB’s media guidelines document, which Sally can provide. Contact Sally Murdoch for assistance with smoke taint and the media.
Find or List Grapes for Sale on the OWB’s Marketplace
If you are looking for a buyer for your grapes, or are interested in buying grapes, don’t forget to check out the Marketplace on the OWB’s industry website. The Marketplace also includes listings for bulk wine, equipment and job opportunities. Visit the Markeplace.
2019 Oregon Wine Industry Awards Nominations Open | Deadline: Nov. 16