Deena Prichep

Regional Reporter
Kobbi R. Blair, Salem Statesman Journal

We’re used to hearing about historical reenactors—those enthusiasts who spend a perfectly good Saturday wearing scratchy woolen war costumes. And on a recent weekend, a new group of reenactors gathered to bring to life the Oregon Trail, that 2,000-mile route from the Missouri River to the great Northwest. But instead of going back to the 19th Century, this group took its inspiration from a more recent era.

Deena Prichep

Northwest farmers--like all farmers, really--are known for their grit. A few decades ago, nobody thought you could grow wine grapes in Oregon. But the early growers worked hard at it and made some great wine. Today, it’s a $1.4 billion a year industry. Now, there’s a new crop on the horizon.