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discover Oregon

Compared to Napa, Oregon’s Willamette Valley feels like true farming country. Driving through the valley is to drive through agricultural fields, with sporadic timber framed buildings and rusting farm machinery behind white picket fenced yards. It was and still is Mennonite land and was only officially recognised as an AVA in 1983.

The hills, unsurprisingly are where the vineyards are planted, and these are still to an extent being discovered, mapped and truly understood. There are hundreds of wineries, most of them pretty small in scale, and myriad vineyards ranging in elevation from 300-1000ft with every aspect imaginable. Soil types range from Basalt, uplifted marine sedimentary soils to windblown loess. Many of the very finest spots are only now being discovered.

Oregon Wine List

Oregon Producers

Oregon, along with certain areas of South Africa, is at the forefront of the movement of bringing the qualitity and reputation of New World wines into sharper focus than ever before. Lauded by critics and consumers alike, Oregon is a rising star.

Portfolio Producers

Other Producers

Appellations of Oregon

The increasingly well-known Willamette Valley AVA is an all-encompassing label that covers the area where the majority of Oregon wines comes from. There are 6 recognised AVAs within the larger Willamette Valley AVA, each with its own set of characteristics. Approval for all of them happened as recently as between 2004 and 2006. Travelling roughly clockwise from the North East of the Valley, closest to Portland, they run from Chehalem Mountains, Dundee Hills, Eola-Amity Hills, McMinnville, Yamhill Carlton, and Ribbon Ridge.

Grape Varieties of Oregon

Producing Pinots that are giving the Burgundians a run for their money and Chardonnay rivalling that of their well-established domestic neighbours to the South - albeit for different stylistic reasons - Oregon is thriving. The expressions coming out of the region in the recent past have improved immesaurably and forecasts suggest they'll continue to do so. There have also been daliances with Pinot Gris and the varietal continues to be grown here along with others, but it's really all about the famous Burgundian noble grapes.