Local wineries welcome the Memorial Day visitors
SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - Memorial Day weekend is the start to wine season in the Willamette Valley and local wineries are off to a roaring start.
It's the unofficial kick off to summer - live music, wine and warmer weather.
The Willamette Valley is known for its warm days and cool nights, perfect for growing certain types of grapes like the Pinot Noir.
But now that temperatures are on the rise, these perfect growing conditions could be disappearing.
Local vineyards say the dry days have some grapes flowering between two weeks and a month ahead of schedule.
"It's a little unfortunate for our Chardonnay, but the rest of our grapes have slowed down a little bit because it has been a little bit cooler. We were off to a really warm start and now we're kind of back to normal so it has slowed down. We're right back on track," said Jessica Ramp from Sweet Cheeks Winery.
"Our vineyards are fairly mature and can handle a fairly dry season, so, I mean we're hoping we're just hoping for the best and we'll see how it all shakes out in the fall," said Mark Jurasevich, owner of Noble Estate Winery.
The good news is there is still plenty of wine to go around. There are several Memorial Day events going on at local wineries. Click here for the list.