ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) -- Winemakers in Southern Oregon are celebrating one of their earliest harvests in years with harvest parties and grape stomps.
The Roseburg News-Review reports the early harvest has vintners working for weeks straight, from the amateur hobbyist with a couple acres to the owner of the full-blown, staffed industrial operation.
Birds, bugs and other wildlife present a major threat. A mature starling can eat a pound of fruit in a day.
But the biggest danger to grapes could be molds and mildews like noble rot, which can wipe out an entire vintage, or even a vineyard.
The early harvest means lighter, drier clothing and long days and nights.
More and more of Oregon's 463 wineries and 849 vineyards are hosting their own gatherings to bring people through the door.