News about the Willamette Valley

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

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

Oregon Pinot Noir on a Roll

Wine Spectator Blog – October 7, 2014

When it happened, Oregon's 2013 Pinot Noir vintage looked like a flop. A warm growing season climaxed with a couple of heat spikes in mid-September. And then it rained. And rained. And rained some more. Some vineyards counted 9 inches of rain in a week. Most of Willamette Valley got around 4 inches. “I never saw rain so sideways here, and it hit when everything was pretty damn ripe,” said Rollin Soles of Roco. Read full article

Northwest Wine Country Weekends

Portland Monthly Magazine – September 26, 2014

Admit it: Wine country isn’t just about the wine. It’s about the unfolding views, the earthy-sweet aromas, the ethereal blankets of fog, and the impression that you are a part of the landscape, rooted as firmly in the soil as the vines themselves. Read full article

Head for the Dundee Hills for Remarkable Wines

The Seattle Times – September 5, 2014

It's a small community not unlike so many others in Oregon’s rural Willamette Valley. But this little town is the heart and soul of wine country. Named after a Scottish town, Dundee has long been agricultural. It wasn’t until the late 1960s and early ’70s when such pioneers as David Lett, Dick Erath, Bill Blosser and Susan Sokol Blosser arrived and began planting pinot noir in the ancient red soils. Read full article

The Terroir of the Willamette Valley

Snooth – September 2, 2014

The terrain of Oregon's Willamette Valley is made up of bountiful complex micro-climates that play a major role in the dynamism and charisma of the region's variegated Pinot Noirs.  These micro-climates offer diverse geology and soils, so the multiple sub AVAs of the larger Willamette Valley AVA have been inherent in identifying and outlining the unique characteristics of different wine growing areas. Read full article

66 Oregon Winemakers are Coming to Seattle

Seattle Magazine – August 27, 2014

When a bunch of winemakers travel from their vineyards so close to crush, they must have good reason. For more than five dozen Oregon winemakers traveling to Seattle on September 11, that reason is to spread the Burgundian-grape gospel at Pinot in the City. Read full article

Terrific Terroir – Enjoying Oregon’s Wine Country

Alaska Airlines Magazine – August 1, 2014

The most fun I have had in a vineyard was while riding a horse named Rave. About 40 miles southwest of Portland I found the joys of the “sip, saddle and ride” experience offered by Equestrian Wine Tours. When I signed up for the excursion, I thought it was for the unique experience of horseback riding between the vineyard rows of the gorgeous Dundee Hills AVA. Read full article

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