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Willamette Valley wineries react to loss of vineyards in northern California

Wineries in Western Oregon react to the wildfires affecting vineyard in northern California.

Posted: Oct 13, 2017 6:12 PM
Updated: Oct 13, 2017 6:12 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The grapes at local wineries may be thriving, but in Northern California many wineries are trying to salvage what they lost.

The Director of Communications at King Estate Winery, Jenny Ulum, said she feels for the wineries impacted by the fires in California.

King Estate's vineyard is more than 1,000 acres.

Ulum said they work closely with the local fire department so they know how to best preserve the vineyard if there's a fire.

Ulum said she spoke with a friend who works at a winery in northern California and they are still in disbelief of the vast damage. Her friend told her it has been hectic trying to run the business in light of the fires. Ulum said the wine industry is a very tight knit industry and she is optimistic the wineries in Napa Valley and surrounding areas will bounce back.

"That area will rebuild and we are hopeful that can happen just as quickly as possible, and that their lives can resume because this has been just terribly, terribly, destructive to peoples' individual lives,” said Jenny Ulum “At the end of the day it's all about people and humanity."

Ulum said King Estate plans on helping the wineries and communities affected in northern California.

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