Willamette valley facts & figures


NASS Oregon Vineyard and Winery Report published 2011

NASS Oregon Vineyard and Winery Report published 2011

 

Total geographic area

Between Oregon's Cascade Mountains and the Coast Range, more than 100 miles long and spanning 60 miles at its widest point. 3,438,000 acres.

Major cities & populations

Portland: 593,820
Eugene: 156,929
Salem: 156,244
Corvallis: 54,674
McMinnville: 32,451

Distance to the Pacific Ocean

50 miles (McMinnville to Lincoln City)

Total number of:

Vineyard acres planted: 19,826
Vineyards: 632
Wineries: 378

First Pinot noir planting

David Lett, The Eyrie Vineyards, 1965

Major soils

Marine Sedimentary: Willakenzie
Volcanic (Basalt): Jory, Nekkia
Windblown Loess (Silts): Laurelwood

Willamette Valley % of Oregon production

78% of planted vineyard acreage
77% of wine production
89.5% of Pinot noir production

Data from the 2012 Oregon Vineyard & Winery Census Report, Southern Oregon University


farming for quality

vine density low medium high
vine spacing 6' x 12' 5' x 7' 3' x 6'
vines per acre 605 1,245 2,420
row-feet per acre 3,630 6,223 7,260
tons per acre 2.0 2.5 2.8
gallons per ton 150 150 150
gallons per barrel 60 60 60
barrels per ton 2.5 2.5 2.5
gallons per case 2.38 2.38 2.38
cases per barrel 25 25 25
cases per ton 63 63 63
cases per acre 126 158 176
bottles per acre 1,513 1,891 2,118
bottles per barrel 300 300 300
bottles per vine 2.5 1.5 .9
pounds per vine 6.6 4.0 2.3
pounds per cluster .2 .2 .2
clusters per vine 33 20 12
clusters per bottle 13 13 13