SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Some Oregon lawmakers and winery owners are scrambling to help a dozen vineyards owners who face having 2,000 tons of grapes wither on the vine, unsold, after a California winemaker abruptly cancelled contracts to buy them, claiming they were tainted from some from the summer's wildfires.
Rep. David Gomberg said Thursday the unexpected crisis has led to other Oregon winemakers to help out the vineyard owners in southern Oregon by buying a lot of the grapes.
Gomberg, a Democrat, was among those who pitched in to harvest grapes on Thursday.
Christine Clair, winery director of Willamette Valley Vineyards, which is buying some of the grapes, said the cancellations of the contracts is one of the most devastating hits on Oregon's wine industry.
She said tests show the grapes have not deteriorated because of smoke.
- Oregon winemakers try to stem crisis as contracts cancelled
- Oregon State Police ending contract with OSU
- McKenzie-Willamette workers approve new contract, cancel strike
- Oregon aims to tackle homelessness, housing crisis
- Special Olympics Oregon cancels State Games competition
- Special Olympics Oregon cancels Bite of Oregon fundraiser
- Oregon State explores options after OSP ends contract
- Contract negotiations postponed until Friday
- Oregon nurses talk staffing crisis at Springfield conference
- Oregon businesses hit hard by cancellations due to wildfire smoke