Grace and Ken Evenstad, founding owners of Domaine Serene Winery in the Dundee Hills, have pledged up to $500,000 for a critical new research project specific to Oregon and designed by OSU and USDA research scientists. The initiative focuses on the ever-increasing threat of grapevine red blotch virus and will bring together a new multi-disciplinary study team to better understand the genetic characteristics of the virus, its possible transmission dynamics and the range of effects on Pinot noir grapes and wines.
Since this virus presents such a clear and significant threat to wine growing in Oregon, the Evenstads are inviting industry members to contribute toward matching the first $500,000 in hopes to raise $1,000,000 in total. This funding will allow the newly-formed research team the ability to create a multi-year plan to fully understand the virus while working toward a cure. Full details of this grant are listed here.