The Statewide Crop Load Project is a long term industry-collaborative study that scientifically evaluates the impact of yield on wine quality across Oregon vineyards. The project focuses on Pinot noir, as a recent study in Oregon indicated that it is more commonly crop thinned to specific yield goals in an attempt to reach a higher fruit quality level compared to other varieties in the state. That study revealed how narrow those yield targets are and how universal their application across the state. Considering diverse vineyards and variability of growing seasons, the Oregon Wine Research Institute (OWRI) team began investigating the yield-quality relationship to develop yield management guidelines for Pinot noir producers across different production scales. Click here to read the full update.