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Oregon blueberry vinter gets go-ahead from county

Published on December 29, 2010 3:01AM

Last changed on December 29, 2010 8:20AM

ALBANY, Ore. (AP) -- A Lebanon farmer is closer to making blueberry wine, but is running up against Linn County's interpretation of Oregon's wine rules.

The Albany Democrat-Herald reports that Brian O'Driscoll has gotten a conditional use permit, which allows him to process blueberries at the farm.

Linn County Planning Director Robert Wheeldon says Oregon narrowly defines a winery as a facility that processes grapes.

O'Driscoll says the law doesn't exclude blueberries.

He can make wine with restrictions on land use and building that he says are more stringent than what he would have gotten with a winery.

O'Driscoll has 15 acres of blueberries expects his yearly wine production to reach about 500 cases per year. He expects to produce wine within six months to one year.


Information from: Albany Democrat-Herald, http://www.dhonline.com

Copyright 2010 The AP.


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