SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- It may turn out to be a very good year for Oregon wine growers.

The wine grape harvest for Oregon is in and vineyards are reporting good yields, volume and quality for 2009.

Final numbers are still pending. But the National Agricultural Statistics Service says crop yields were higher in the Willamette Valley than in 2008, when overall production dropped after three years of booming growth.

At Domaine Margelle Vineyards near Silverton, workers picked about 20 tons of grapes in just over two hours to wrap up the harvest.


Information from: Statesman Journal,

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