Snow, winter storms aren’t concerning Southern Oregon vintners

Ruch, Ore. –Freezing temperatures can sometimes mean trouble for wineries, but vintners say they aren’t too concerned.

Michael Wisnovsky, the owner of Valley View Winery, told NBC5 News this year hasn’t been the worst he’s seen, despite being buried in a foot and a half of snow. While Wisnovsky isn’t too concerned about this season, he noted it’s always a surprise come Springtime.

“It’s wait and see, and you gotta prune, you gotta do everything else you normally do in a vineyard this time of year,” Wisnovsky said. “And then in the Springtime, you hope that all the buds come out, and they’re fruitful, and there’s not any damage.”

Ice and snow can affect the vines, but Wisnovsky said he worries more about the temperature. When it gets to five degrees or below, that’s when he says there’s cause for concern.

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