Spring Crop of Oklahoma Winery Stories

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Spring has finally sprung in Oklahoma! It is time get outside and taste the outdoor lifestyle. I am extremely sick of sitting in the house and ready to brave the risks of rain and tornados and attempt to soak up some sun. Thankfully, the Spring winefest season is soon to be underway and the water will soon be warm enough to kayak some new waters!

The Pauls Valley Daily Democrat did an interesting article with some great details about on one of Oklahoma's newer wineries: Valley Vineyards and Winery (no website to my knowledge). To read the full article just click the link in the quote below. If you haven't done it already, stop by Valley Vineyards and welcome them to the Oklahoma Wine Industry...tell 'em the Oklahoma Wine News Blog sent you!

According to the Oklahoma Grape Growers and Wine Makers Association, small wineries are important to rural economies. They generate capital investment, create jobs, spur tourism and economic development, advance farmland protection and discourage urban sprawl.

A typical new family winery will provide regular employment for five to ten people, and will have annual sales of $200,000 to $1.5 million, the association reports. -- OGGWMA quoted by Jeff Shultz in the Pauls Valley Daily Democrat.

A more recent article in The Sun mentions Valley Vineyards as well as longtime Oklahoma favorite Canadian River Vineyards. The article concludes with some info about another Oklahoma winery newcomer: Legends Vineyard and Winery of Lindsay.

Spring is the best time of year to get out and see what wonderful new things have burst from our fertile Oklahoma soils. See you in the vineyards!

PS. I changed my blog template today to correct some technical issues, I hope it didn't cause anyone any problems.

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