Oregon State Wineries

Oregon State Wineries

“Beer is made by men, wine by God” – Martin Luther

Wine has become extremely popular over last few decades. A glass a day will keep the doctor away. Europeans took the wine culture wherever they went. Wine and wineries were introduced in Oregon in 1840’s. However, it’s only in the last 40 odd years that has made Oregon a new favorite amongst wine connoisseurs. 

Over 20 thousand acre of land is occupied by vineyards and there are more than 400 wineries in the state of Oregon. A 1975, Pinot noir put Oregon wine industry on the world map back in the year 1979. Later in the 80’s one of the very first AVA’s was established in Oregon. AVA stands for American Viticultural Area – land specifically allotted to grow grapes.

Oregon state wineries are also world famous for their Chardonnay, Merlot and Pinot Gris. Oregon State is the 3rd largest wine producing state in the country. You can tell Oregon takes its wines seriously by taking one look at the Oregon Wine Research Institute’s web page. If you are a wine enthusiast or someone looking for detailed information about ‘how to start your own wine business’, look no further

With the production of 72 types of grapes, Oregon offers a wide variety and range for a novice and an expert palette. It is often said that the tastes and smells of Oregon’s wines are truly particularly unique to Oregon. Due to this quirk, wines made in Oregon State are often marketed to high end customers. There are three major wine producing regions in Oregon which in turn have smaller sub regions.

Two regions – Willamette valley AVA and southern Oregon AVA are confined within Oregon. The third region Columbia Gorge AVA is a shared territory between Oregon and Washington; however, the vineyards and wines are all accredited to Oregon. The costal plains and the rolling mountains add distinct landscape and weather conditions to the wine producing regions.

Willamette valley AVA is the largest wine producing region in the state of Oregon. Yamhill County has the highest concentration of wineries and vineyards. Apart from spotting Pinot noir, one can also find Riesling and Zinfandel grapes here. The southern Oregon AVA was formed much later in 2004. It is made of Rogue Valley AVA and Umpqua Valley AVA.

Umpqua valley also produces various varieties of Pinot’s along with Cabernet Sauvignon and Tempranillo. Rogue valley AVA, ironically has none of the wineries based along the Rogue River. As it is the warmest region, I am imagining all those summer wines mentioned in the Games of Thrones series, taste just like the wines made in this region.

Enotourism is a relatively new term and it means the travel and tourism that wine industry can bring to a particular state. Oregon state wine industry has joined the like of Napa valley in making profit out of enotourism. Every year, various wine tasting festivals are organized, vineyard promotional events are arranged to market the state and industry