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Updated March 25, 2020

The Oregon Wine Board is committed to supporting our industry partners during this time of unprecedented hardship and uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 global pandemic. In response, we have created a toolkit for the Oregon wine industry that points to resources from national and state organizations, offers ways to stay connected, and shares ideas for helping your community, your employees, and your business.

Questions? Email us.

General inquiries: OWB Team

Media inquiries: Sally Murdoch

RECENT NEWS

Read the letter crafted by the Oregon Winegrowers Association with input from industry partners and delivered to Oregon’s state and federal lawmakers on behalf of the industry.

CENTRAL RESOURCES

STAY IN TOUCH

Our resident millennial has put together some advice on virtual meetings make our new virtual life just a little more manageable.

COMMUNITY SUPPORT

While front-of-house staff at tasting rooms, bars and restaurants across the state are being heavily impacted by mandated closures, many wineries are in a busy season for bottling.

If you have temporary positions to fill, post them to the OWB’s Marketplace and we’ll help get the word out to industry members looking for work.

In times of financial insecurity the guarantee of a simple meal can provide a lot of comfort. The Oregon Food Bank offers 21 regional food banks and 1,200 food assistance sites around the state. Share this resource and if you are able, consider making a donation. Please note, OFB is requesting financial donations instead of food donations to avoid virus transmission at this time.
The Oregonian has compiled a list (see bottom of article) of facilities around the state that are collecting donations of personal protective equipment, such as N95 masks. For a location closer to you, contact your local fire department.
While this difficult time presents unexpected strain and hardship on many within our community, it’s also in times like these that Oregonians shine.

Seen or heard of people / businesses in our community going out of their way to help others? We’re looking for anecdotes, so please let us know what positive examples you know of so that in turn we can help spotlight the good being done.

Divine Distillers of Salem is seeking fermented product to create hand sanitizer to help fulfill local need. If you are interested in donating product to help, please contact Jason Greenwood. The higher the ABV the better, but any level will be gratefully accepted.

KEEP BUSINESS GOING

Many wineries are implementing creative techniques in light of social distancing, including:

  • Shipping included with 6-bottle purchase
  • Offering tasting room exclusive wines for sale
  • Including branded swag with purchase
  • Complimentary delivery within a certain radius
  • Curb-side pick-up at the tasting room

What are you doing, or seeing others do, to help keep sales going at this time? Let us know.

Screenshot of event submission form

Consider if online events – such as tastings, education, taking people behind the scenes in the cellar, or winemaker conversations – make sense for your businesses. Social platforms allow easy live-streaming to bring viewers inside your winery walls from anywhere in the world. A “Virtual Events” category has been added to the oregonwine.org consumer calendar. Click here to add your event and select “Virtual Events” so we can help promote.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

This downtime can be an opportunity to invest in staff development for those not able to fulfill their regular duties.

  • Wine Club Management webinars from VingDirect – Three previously recorded 2-part webinars on building and sustaining your wine club from June 2019
  • Updated 3/24: Outbound Phone Sales Mastery live online course from WISE Academy (March 30, April 1, April 6, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m) – Register for only $200 (normally $700) or contact WISE Academy if you are unable to pay at this time and would still like to attend
  • Oregon Wine Symposium recordings – We’ve removed the password protection to make Symposium 2020 content available to all immediately
  • Napa Valley Wine Academy online courses – Use code OREGON20 to receive 20% off on select courses including Oregon Wine Expert and American Wine Expert
  • Study Oregon Wine through the in-depth materials in the Oregon Wine Resource Studio, including the 4-part Learn Oregon trade curriculum

OREGON WINE INDUSTRY EVENT UPDATES

Please be sure to submit major industry events to the OWB’s industry calendar. If you need to update or remove an event, email details and we’ll get it fixed.

Registered wineries will be contacted directly regarding updates, refunds and other logistics.

  • Oregon Wine Trail Seattle scheduled for May 11 has been postponed. New date to be confirmed.
  • OWB international events slated for spring / summer impacted to varying degrees – see updates
Portland

Willamette Valley

Umpqua Valley

  • Greatest of the Grape | UVWA | Rescheduled to Sept. 12
  • Umpqua Valley Barrel Tour | UVWA | Postponed, date TBD