Production of wine was said to have begun in Oregon in the 1800s. In fact, grapes were first planted in Oregon in 1847 precisely. According records, the first registered winery in Oregon is Valley View and it was established by Peter Britt in 1850.
Wine production was outlawed in Oregon and the rest of the United States for thirty years. So the industry was dormant for that period. The prohibition of wine production was repealed after thirty years and it resumed again.
Oregon is one of the states identified with the production of great wines. In fact, Oregon ranks number 4 in the production of wine. It is only next to New York, Washington and California. While a wide variety of grapes are grown in Oregon, the two most grown grapes are Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir.
Oregon can boast of 702 wineries and more may still be established. This has led to the development of some sort of tourism around wine tasting. Tourists now engage in tasting as many varieties of wine as possible. It is on records that wine tasting as a form of tourism generated $207.5 million for the whole of the United States in 2013 and the figure has been increasing since then.
Oregon wines are tagged varietals. According an extant law in Oregon, the wines produced in the state should be variety of grapes they were made from. The second law is that every wine produced in Oregon must have 90 percent of the variety of grapes grown in Oregon. However, this law has a few exceptions.
The exceptions are Tannat, Zinfandel, Tempranillo, Sangiovese, Red &White Rhone varietals and Red & White Bordeaux varietals. This is because the exempted wines follow the Federal guidelines of 75 percent.
Some of the best wines produced in Oregon in 2016 have been listed below.
2013 Momtazi Vineyard Pinot Noir
It was produced in St. Innocent Winery. It costs only $36. It contains both raspberry and strawberry. It is said to be delicate and nuanced and it can be paired with a cheese plate.
2013 Pelos Sandberg Vineyard Pinot Noir
It is produced by Iota Cellars and it costs just $40 per bottle. It is made of Straight outta Burgundy, watermelon and fennel. It can be paired with braised pork shoulder.
2015 St. Jory Vineyard Pinot Gris
This wine is being produced by Duck Pond Cellars. It costs just $18. It is produced fresh and juicy. It can be paired with beet salad and goat cheese or oysters with goat cheese.
2013 Zenith Vineyard Pinot Noir
This fine wine is produced by St. Innocent Winery. It is costs just $42. It is a little more expensive than the others. It is contains some floral spice. It can be paired braised beef.
There are many more great wines. The ones listed above were just selected randomly and they were listed in no particular order.