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Wine on the Rocks U.S. approves The Rocks District AVA on Oregon side of Walla Walla Valley

It’s official: the Rocks District of Milton-Freewater AVA has been designated a subappellation of the Walla Walla Valley AVA, bringing joy to vintners in Oregon and Washington. “This is a golden thread in the tapestry of the Walla Walla Valley,” said Rich Funk, winemaker at Saviah Cellars just north of the appellation, who worked with Steve Robertson and six other growers to petition the federal government to establish the new AVA. “This is as much about the Walla Walla Valley as where the next 10 years will lead us. It’s just a wonderful way for us to tell our story.” ...
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The Rocks District appellation set for approval

On Monday, February 9th approval for The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater appellation will be published in the Federal Register . The Rocks District will be the first sub-appellation of the Walla Walla Valley. The region, which is wholly located on the Oregon side of the valley, will be Oregon's 18th federally approved wine growing region. Wineries using Rocks District fruit may seek approval for labels bearing the appellation name 30 days after publication in the Federal Register.
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A lotta grapes: Oregon wine industry worth $3.35B to the state economy

The Oregon wine juggernaut shows no sign of slowing in the latest tally of the industry's economic impact. There were 18 percent more vineyard acres planted in 2013 than in 2011, the number of wineries grew 45 percent to 605 and the number of cases sold grew 39 percent to 2.8 million, according to an industry review released Tuesday by Full Glass Research, a Berkeley, California firm that specializes in the wine and food industries. The Oregon Wine Board, responsible for promoting the industry,…
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OWP Wine Person of 2014: Al MacDonald

Among the handful of people pivotal in the evolution of Oregon wine, one should be given considerably more credit than he has thus far been accorded by industry chroniclers. That person is Al MacDonald, who planted his first grapevines in 1982 and later served the Oregon wine industry with dedication and distinction for the next three decades.
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