McMinnville Oregon Wineries
Vineyards exist in almost every US state, but many experts consider Oregon to be the state where you can find the best wines in the US. There are several different growing regions and each of them has some specific characteristics.
The Willamette Valley American Viticultural Area (AVA) lies in the famous Willamette Valley of Oregon. The mild climate that lasts throughout the year is perfect for certain varieties of grapes. The winters are wet and relatively cool while the summer is warm and dry. While it is true that not all parts of this valley are suitable for vineyards, most of this area is perfect for this purpose. One smaller AVA that is known for winemaking is the McMinnville AVA near McMinnville.
McMinnville is located in the center of Willamette Valley in the middle between Portland and the coast and about 30 miles from the capital city of Salem. This is an excellent place to visit. One of the first things you will notice about this area is the green hills around it and of course, the vineyards found there. This is a relatively small city with about 33.000 residents, but this city and area are proud of their rich history. Besides the amazing natural beauty and rich history, there are many other things that visitors can see and do while in McMinnville – visit restaurants, art galleries, museum and of course Oregon’s best wineries. The wineries alone should be enough for any wine lover to travel to this city. Now let’s find out more about McMinnville Oregon wineries and the winemaking process in this part of Oregon.
The McMinnville AVA covers an area of about 40,500 acres and once you find out more about the specific climate, elevation, soil and other relevant physical features you will understand why there are so many McMinnville Oregon wineries present on the market. This specific AVA was established 10 years ago and today there are 14 wineries operating here. This is an AVA designated region based on elevation, because vineyards must be located between 200 and 1000 feet above sea level. This wine sub-region is different from the rest in the valley because of the presence of specific rock and soil formations. Although the top soil is not very fertile, thanks to the uplifted sedimentary silt and loams wine grapes are growing really fast and they come with a specific taste.
What is interesting is the fact that the area covered with wine grapes is constantly growing and today there are over 600 acres of these grapes. The grapes produced here include: Pinot gris, Pinot blanc, Riesling and Pinot noir although there is room (and plans) to add few more varieties in the future. Most of the McMinnville Oregon wineries are open every day and allow visitors to taste the finest wine in Oregon and they also accept appointments.
There is also a special annual wine tasting event that takes place every June (It is scheduled for June 29th this year) where tourists and investors can meet the winegrowers and winemakers and taste all the wines produced in this region.