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Oregon Wheat Farmer Brings $25 Million Annual Wine Business to the Columbia River GorgeSalem-News.com
小麦 葡萄酒 为什么
(THE DALLES, Ore) - Is wine recession-proof? The Oregon Wine Industry has reported doubling wine revenues during this recession and exports look very good as Red Wine sales in Hong Kong has doubled just this past year, as the fast-increasing affluent Chinese are demanding quality imported wines. Capitalist Hong Kong now has more than 100,000 millionaires - a 33% increase since 2008.
There are close to one million millionaires now in Mainland China, average age of only 43. Dining Chinese seem to be saying, “Waiter, forget the beer, and bring us a 2000 yuan ($126.00) bottle of Oregon Pinot!”
No better example of going after that increasing world demand can be found than in the Oregon-Washington Columbia River Gorge where former wheat farmer Jack Hay is converting 400 acres of wheat land over to vineyards.
With today’s high tech computer controlled viticulture, (that's a fancy name for growing grapes), each grape stock is carefully monitored and given just the right amount of nutrients and water that each plant wants and needs. No more asking the heavens to start or stop raining.
Experts agree, Columbia River Gorge - World's best place to grow premium wine grapes
Jack brought in world experts such as Ph.D. Viticulturist Jessica Cortell and Ph.D. Geologist and soil expert Alan Busacca to develop his vineyards and in so doing discovered that the Columbia River Gorge with its diversity of rainfall and climates, excellent soil and rolling hills and an abundance of pure water from their own wells provides one of the best places in the world to grow a wide variety of fine premium wine grapes.
It's the type of change in agriculture that may be responsible for raising the income on this 400 acres of wheat land from $25 thousand a year to $25 million a year annual income.
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