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Winery reopens, invests $30,000 in anti-virus technologies

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Winery reopens, invests $30,000 in anti-virus technologies

Willamette Valley Vineyards installed a device that purifies the air and emits UV light as a disinfectant at its Turner, Ore., site Thursday. Article by Sierra Dawn McClain, Capital Press.

TURNER, Ore. — Willamette Valley Vineyards, one of Oregon’s most popular wine destinations, reopened its Marion County winery Friday after Gov. Kate Brown eased her shutdown order.

In the vineyard Thursday morning, it looked like any other day. Farmworkers labored under sun hats and baseball caps among gold-dusted vines.

But inside the winery, things weren’t the same as pre-pandemic. Tables and chairs were spaced farther apart. Staff wore black masks with the vineyard logo printed in white across the front like a smile. And the vineyard installed ultraviolet light technology, or UV light, with air purifiers in its HVAC systems to slow the spread of bacteria and viruses through air circulation. […]

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