Improved Crop Estimation Methods for Oregon Pinot Noir

Dr. Patty Skinkis has conducted research over six growing seasons to develop improved crop estimation methods for Oregon Pinot noir producers. Learn more about the results of this work, including the best timing for collecting cluster counts and weights, determining when lag phase occurs, and how to employ an equation for determining a more precise increase factor.

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Speaker Bios

Dr. Patty Skinkis conducts applied research and provides outreach and education programs for the Oregon wine grape industry. Her research program focuses on whole plant physiology studies designed to understand causes and management of vine vigor, physiology of vine balance and their impacts on fruit composition and wine quality. Her research also includes work on bud fruitfulness, yield management, fine-tuning canopy management methods, sustainable viticulture production, and understanding production factors that drive industry adoption. As extension specialist, Patty develops educational programs and informational publications for the statewide industry. Her outreach efforts include bringing industry members together in technical groups to foster information exchange between academics and industry. Her efforts in outreach expand beyond that of Oregon, as she is involved in national extension efforts and serves as second vice president on the board of the American Society for Enology and Viticulture.
Leigh Bartholomew attended the University of Oregon, then University of California, Davis, where she earned her master’s degree in viticulture. She has worked in wine regions around the world, meeting a host of people from a variety of cultures along the way. She gained experience at such respected properties as Domaine Denis Mortet in Gevrey Chambertin; Seresin Estate in Marlborough, New Zealand; Robert Mondavi Winery in California; Cain Vineyard and Winery in California; Caliterra/Viña Errázuriz in Chile; and Andrew Will Winery in Washington. Leigh joined Results Partners Vineyard Management company in 2014 as the director of viticulture, after working 14 vintages for a local estate vineyard and winery. Leigh and her winemaker husband, Patrick Reuter, co-own Dominio IV Winery in McMinnville.