Southern Oregon University climate expert Greg Jones has been advising Oregon grape growers since he arrived in Ashland in 1997.
With exacting data, lab research and field time, he defines terroirs and determines which grape varieties will thrive there, all in an effort to make better wine.
His career began with his father's vineyard dream of growing Spanish varietals in the United States. With Greg's reassuring research, Earl Jones of Abacela in Roseburg was the first grower in Oregon to plant tempranillo, a red-wine grape that some experts think may become a signature of the state next to already-famous pinot noir.
Greg Jones now travels the world consulting on climate and wine-related issues, often in centuries-old wine regions in Europe as well as developing ones in South America.
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