Willamette Valley in bloom
MAY 26-28, 2018
It’s springtime in wine country! Buds are breaking, bottling lines are humming, rosé is flowing and now is your chance to taste new releases and old favorites from our region’s acclaimed wineries. It all culminates in Memorial Weekend festivities, when more than 150 wineries and tasting rooms open their doors each year for special events and tastings at one of wine country’s longest-running celebrations. Enjoy a vineyard picnic, live music, tasty food pairings and local art. Savor the world-class wines and spectacular views of springtime in the Willamette Valley.
MEMORIAL WEEKEND IN THE WINE COUNTRY
The next Memorial Weekend in the Wine Country will take place on May 26-28, 2018. The kickoff to tasting season is full of excitement. This is your chance to sample newly released white wines, rosés, and Pinot noir from the acclaimed 2016 vintage, sample 2017s in barrel and discover small producers not typically open to the public.
Want to support groups of wineries giving back to great local causes through our Taste of Community Loops program? Check out 2018’s new loops and use them to plan your visit. Learn more about the loops in our spring stories.
On Memorial Day we honor members of the military who lost their lives while serving. Look for the ✮ symbol indicating wineries offering a discount to veterans and current members of the armed forces.
For more than a decade, the Willamette Valley Wineries Association has been honored to work with Portland-based artist John Fisher for original Memorial Weekend in Wine Country art.
John pairs his artistic vision with years of graphic design experience to create inspiring, sophisticated landscapes and figurative work. His landscapes have a definitive sense of place, allowing you to feel the emotion and mood of the day with his intuitive use of color and brushwork. The shifting force of weather has a profound impact on his work and ability to capture the soul of the Pacific Northwest landscape. John is an art director and designer in Portland, Oregon, originally hailing from Omaha, Nebraska. A graduate of the University of Kansas Fine Art program, he developed a passion for landscape painting while exploring the back roads and open plains of the Midwest. When not in the studio designing, he is likely to be roaming the countryside, capturing Northwest landscapes on canvas.
Throughout the spring season we’ll be featuring stories from throughout Wine Country.
May is Oregon Wine Month
We celebrate Willamette Valley wine all year round, but especially during Oregon Wine Month, when the entire state joins in commemoration of our beloved industry for the month of May, offering special activities, tastings and promotions for the enjoyment of Oregon wine. Visit our event calendar and plan a trip to wine country!