Oregon wine producer Willamette Valley Vineyards has seen sales and earnings slide during its second quarter but not enough to weigh on its first-half results.

The company said yesterday (14 August) that, during its second-quarter, net income dipped 6% year-on-year to US$259,206. Revenues in the three-month period to 30 June also fell, by 2%, the company said.

However, Willamette posted half-year net income of US$616,500, up an impressive 69% on the year. First-half revenues, it said, were up 21%. Out-of-state sales were key to the performance with the company seeing sales outside Oregon more than double.

The company also said that it has decided not to renew its lease on the 50-acre Belle Provenance Vineyard in the Eola Hills. The decision will lead to a drop in production of around 10,000 cases but, Willamette said that the fall will be more than offset by output from vineyards set to come on stream next year.