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ETS Laboratories and Fruition Sciences to Co-Host 2017 Oregon Vintage Report


Inaugural 2017 Oregon Vintage Report to focus on techniques for growing terroir driven wines

December 12, 2017 (McMinnville, OR) – ETS Laboratories and Fruition Sciences will co-host the inaugural 2017 Oregon Vintage Report in McMinnville, Oregon on February 8, 2018. The conference will review innovative techniques to grow terroir-driven wines, conduct in-depth panel conversations of climate and plant physiological conditions during the 2017 Vintage in Oregon, and review and discuss new approaches to winegrowing from around the world.

Throughout the symposium, scientists from across the globe will present their most recent findings in the field of viticulture and enology.  As part of this, the 2017 Oregon Vintage Report will host presentations on 1) the impact climate has on growing and perfecting Burgundian varietals; (2) the analysis of ripening dynamics on berry chemical changes and the effect of harvest timing on wine composition; (3) an analysis of the current knowledge surrounding vine and wine microbiomes and how these aspects can influence terroir; (4) the impact of smoke related issues on vine physiology and wine chemistry. In addition, a panel of winegrowers from around the Willamette Valley will discuss their experiences throughout the 2017 vintage. 

“We are happy to be collaborating with Fruition Sciences for this inaugural year of the Oregon Vintage Report. For years, Fruition has used their technology to assist winemakers in saving time and improving overall quality in their vineyards,” says Gordon Burns, President of ETS Laboratories. “What’s even better is that all the proceeds will be donated to Salud!, an amazing organization that has been providing healthcare services and outreach to Oregon vineyard workers and their families for over 25 years.”

Mark Anderson, Director of The Vintage Report states “collectively our team spends approximately 2,000 hours per month in vineyards around the world collecting and analyzing data from different vineyards. We are excited to discuss what we have learned over the year with winemakers and viticulturists at the inaugural Oregon Vintage Report in February.”

The 2017 Oregon Vintage Report will be held at Linfield College on Thursday, February 8, 2018. The keynote address will be given by Linfield’s Director of Wine Education, Gregory V. Jones. All ticketing proceeds for the event will be donated to Salud!,  a nonprofit organization created by a group of Oregon winery owners and Tuality Healthcare physicians to address the barriers to health care faced by seasonal vineyard and winery workers. For more information and to purchase tickets please visit – https://www.vintagereport.com/en/oregon-2017.

About The Vintage Report www.vintagereport.com/en

Since 2010, the Vintage Report has brought together scientists, winemakers and industry leaders from all over the world to discuss the previous year’s harvest in light of the most recent scientific findings.  This is a constructive event that interacts with attendees by asking the question: How can the lessons of the previous harvest be utilized to enhance vineyard practices and improve wine quality?  The Vintage Report creates a platform to foster technical discussions as well as a deep dive into the wine industry’s most innovative vineyard solutions.  Considering the event’s scope, the Vintage Report is open to cellar and vineyard professionals including winemakers, vineyard managers, viticulturist, assistant winemakers and winery owners.  The Vintage Report holds conferences in Napa, Paso Robles, Sonoma, Oregon, Bordeaux, Provence, and Burgundy.

About ETS Laboratories – www.etslabs.com

ETS was established in 1978 by Gordon and Marjorie Burns in the basement of their Main Street, Saint Helena, CA home. As the wine industry developed in size and complexity, ETS responded by investing in modern equipment and facilities and by hiring highly trained technicians and researchers. . Throughout the past 40 years ETS has continued to develop new methods of analysis and introduce new analytical technologies to the wine industry.  Whatever the innovation, winemakers saw it first at ETS.

At ETS, accuracy is more than a virtue—it is a passion embraced by our entire staff. Our clients have always wanted fast and accurate results, so ETS is dedicated to strong quality control programs in order to meet these goals. In 1997 ETS became the first ISO ‐ accredited independent laboratory serving the wine industry. The ISO 17025 standard requires internal and external audits of methods, systems, training and results. Today ETS is one of the most advanced wine laboratories in the world, and offers the industry’s largest selection of ISO-accredited analyses.

About Fruition Sciences – www.fruitionsciences.com

Fruition Sciences specializes in the adoption of agricultural technologies with applications in modern viticulture.  While respecting tradition, Fruition Sciences provides winegrowers with a highly integrated, terroir and vintage specific web application.  Fruition’s plant-based solutions enable winegrowers to save time and improve both quality and yield, while implementing innovative techniques that adapt to climate change.  Founded in 2008 by Sebastien Payen and Thibaut Scholasch in Oakland, California, the company has since expanded efforts globally and has offices in St. Helena, Bordeaux and Montpellier, France.  In addition to this, Fruition Sciences has a presence in Portugal, Spain, Italy, Chile, Argentina, China, Australia and Israel.

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