News about the Willamette Valley

2016 The Culture Trip

10 Oregon Wineries You Need To Visit Before You Die

The Culture Trip – December 28, 2015

Oregon has built an international reputation in the wine industry for the complex, tasty Pinot noirs created in its Willamette Valley. The state is a world-class wine producer with 18 approved winegrowing regions and more than 900 vineyards. Come taste for yourself at one of these ten breathtaking wineries. Read full article

2015 Sac Bee Janis Miglavs fall

Willamette Valley pinot noir comes of age

Sacramento Bee – November 3, 2015

San Francisco is a popular destination to celebrate a 50th anniversary, even for folks from far-off Oregon. Late this summer, representatives from 65 Oregon wineries gathered at the Presidio in San Francisco for “Pinot in the City,” a party to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first pinot noir planted in Willamette Valley. Read full article

2015 USA Today Sokol Blosser

Oregon matures into world-class wine and food destination

USA TODAY – JULY 10, 2015

Oregon Pinot Noir has been riding a rising wave of popularity in the USA as well as around the world, and there's no better time than now to plan a visit to the new wine country USA. Oregon has been called new American home of Pinot Noir. Read full article


Oregon’s Big Wine Secret – Its Wonderful Whites

Forbes – May 30, 2015

Oregon white wine is beginning to generate real buzz – the state known for classy Pinot Noir is now making delicious whites too. But this is not so strange, when you come to think about it. If Willamette Valley’s cool climate is sympathetic to Pinot Noir, why not the white varietals of cool Alsace and Germany, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc? Or the cool climate Burgundy white grape, Chardonnay. Read full article


Pinot pioneers: Willamette Valley wine industry looks back at first 50 years

The Oregonian – May 23, 2015

Small farms, acres of open fields, some berries and vegetables. Livestock here and there. Fifty years ago, McMinnville, Dundee and Newberg were small, out-of-the-way towns that grew food crops, if anything. There weren't tasting rooms on every block. There weren't blue road signs notifying tourists which wineries were available ahead. Read full article

Sunrise over Mt. Hood and a fog filled Willamette Valley from Elk Cove's Five Mountain Vineyard near Laural and Hillsboro, Oregon.

50 Years of Wine Excellence: Oregon’s Willamette Valley

Forbes – April 23, 2015

Today wine is made in all 50 States, but there are still only a handful of domestic wine regions so acclaimed and reliable the public knows them by name. Starting with Napa and Sonoma, it’s a pretty short list, and one of the top spots on it belongs to Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Read full article

2015 statesman journal David Lett

Pioneering Pinot: Celebrating 50 Years

Statesman Journal – February 21, 2015

In the 1960s and '70s in Oregon, a billion-dollar industry was beginning on the backs of just a handful of families. Many of them had recently moved to the Willamette Valley from California. None of them was business-minded — they were artists and scholars, engineers and scientists, liberal-minded people united by a fondness for fine wine, a love that was not widely shared by the rest of the country. Read full article

2014 Seattle Refined

Oregon Wine Country

Seattle Refined – October 8, 2014

In our corner of the Northwest, wine lovers have an abundance of riches. In our home state, Washington produces some of the best wines in the world and most of those wineries are right in our backyard. But it’s not just Washington that produces wines of distinction; our neighbors south in Oregon create wines that are just as worthy of our attention and their vineyards, estates, and tasting rooms are a few short hours south on I-5. Read full article

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