Many Ore. vineyards expect late harvest



PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The harvest is getting under way in Oregon vineyards, where many farmers have been preparing for what a Willamette Valley manager expects to be “a nail-biter.”

A cool growing season could push the harvest late, exposing grapes to fall rains. But growers say cool weather is part of what makes Oregon a world-class wine region, especially for pinot noir.

Growers in the Willamette Valley tell The Oregonian ( say they’ve taken precautions, such as thinning grapes harder to focus the energy of the vines and promote ripening.