Holiday weekend brings visitors to wine country

Holiday weekend brings visitors to wine country

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by Joe Smith, KGW Business Reporter

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Posted on May 26, 2014 at 5:51 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 27 at 9:12 AM

DUNDEE, Ore. -- This is a very busy weekend for Oregon's wine industry.

It's the kick off to the summer wine tasting season.

Thirty years ago, Oregon winemakers decided to raise a glass to celebrate, the then relatively new industry in the state.

It's become a very popular memorial day weekend pastime. It's a chance to visit tasting rooms to sample all the different varieties, plus some wineries bring out new wines for wine lovers to taste.

More than 150 wineries large and small including Crumbled Rock in Dundee is welcoming visitors from near and far.

Yvonee Thom and her sister Lundy Arsenis are from Johannesburg, South Africa.

"We've been coming here since 1992," said Yvonne. "My brother was watching television about the wine industry and we didn't know it existed."

After visiting Mt. Hood and the Oregon Coast, they said they just had to visit wine country.

"Beautiful scenery, lovely wine, nice people, nice winery," said Lundy.

May in Oregon is wine month and it's also the start of the grape growing season. Tiny buds are just starting to show.

A fairly dry spring is making winemakers very optimistic for a great harvest come fall.

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