Don Mercer to be inducted into Wine Hall of Fame

  • April 13th, 2015

Horse Heaven Hills pioneer Don Mercer will be inducted in the Legend of Washington Hall of Fame in August by the Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center.

Don, working with his father, Milt, and brothers Bud and Rick, planted the first vinifera grapes on Horse Heaven Hills in 1972 at [...]

Another record harvest for wine grapes

  • April 13th, 2015

Washington State’s 2014 wine grape harvest was the largest on record and posted the third consecutive year of growth, reports the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Washington grape growers produced 227,000 tons last year, up 8 percent from the previous year.

“We’re in a period of strong growth,” said Steve Warner, [...]

  • Soil moisture critical at bud break

Soil moisture critical at bud break

  • April 3rd, 2015

Even a two-week delay in filling up the soil profile in early spring when vines begin to break bud can reduce cluster counts and impact yields, according to Washington State University scientists.

In recent years, WSU researchers have shown the importance of adequate soil moisture during bud break and the [...]