Ryan Collins
August 19, 2014 | Ryan Collins

Crop Load Study

We are currently participating in a state-wide crop load trial in collaboration with Patricia Skinkis at Oregon State University. It's a five year study that looks into the effects of yield, pruning weight and the Ravaz index on fruit quality (Pinot Noir). We are crop thinning to three different treatments:

  1. Two clusters per shoot
  2. One cluster per shoot
  3. One cluster every other shoot

Crop thinning is performed 55 days post bloom.

At veraison, leaf blades are sampled to monitor plant nutrient status and to see if the crop load is affecting vine nutrient partitioning. The reference vines are all harvested at the same time, the fruit is weighed and the samples are collected for fruit analysis. Yields in each treatment vary from year to year and depend mostly on fruit set. We have found that there are some interesting correlations between yield and fruit chemistry, but we need another three years of results to draw strong conclusion.

Time Posted: Aug 19, 2014 at 3:30 PM
August 6, 2014 | REX HILL


Once again, REX HILL will be hitting the road for Pinot in the City, this time in Seattle. Join us on September 11th at Sodo Park along with more than 60 Willamette Valley wineries. Maybe you will get a chance to spot Sam Tannahill's harvest beard, a rare treat!


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Time Posted: Aug 6, 2014 at 8:47 AM

The Tasting Room will close at 2pm on Saturday, March 17th for a Wine Club event. Tickets are complimentary for club members and 2 guests. Guest tickets are available at $10 each. Please contact Jamie at 503-538-0666 ext 235 with any questions or to purchase your ticket.