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2015 Press Releases

Oregon Wine Industry Awards Its Highest Honors to Industry Leaders - Lifetime Achievement, Founders and Industry Service Award Recipients Named

Mar. 3, 2015 — The Oregon Wine Board (OWB) gave its highest honors to the state’s wine industry leaders on Feb. 24 at the annual Oregon Wine Industry Awards Dinner. The Founders Award was given to Jim and Loie Maresh of Maresh Red Hills Vineyard in the Dundee Hills. Earl and Hilda Jones, owners of Abacela in Roseburg, were presented the Lifetime Achievement Award. The Outstanding Industry Service Award was conferred on Chad Vargas, vineyard manager at Adelsheim Vineyard. The honorees were nominated by their peers for their extraordinary contributions to the Oregon wine industry.

Joel Palmer House Named 2015 Oregon Wine A-List Restaurant of the Year; Andy Zalman Wins Wine Director of the Year

Feb. 25, 2015 — Top honors for the 2015 Oregon Wine A-List Awards were announced last night at the Oregon Wine Industry Awards Dinner. The 2015 Oregon Wine A-List Restaurant of Year award was given to The Joel Palmer House of Dayton, Ore., to honor their singular support of Oregon wine. The Oregon Wine A-List Wine Director of the Year award was given to Andy Zalman of Higgins Restaurant in Portland, Ore., for his sustained support and advocacy of the wines of Oregon.

TTB Approves New AVA: The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater

FEB. 6. 2015 – The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) today announced it will establish The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater as the newest American Viticulture Area (AVA) on Monday, Feb. 9. The AVA is situated on an alluvial fan of the Walla Walla River, where the river exits the foothills of the Blue Mountains and enters the Walla Walla Valley. It lies entirely within the state of Oregon and includes part of the town of Milton-Freewater.

Oregon Wine Symposium Offers Timely and Relevant Viticulture and Enology Technical Sessions

Feb 4, 2015 — Providing new perspectives on key issues in viticulture and enology is an important aspect of the 2015 Oregon Wine Symposium held Feb. 24 and 25 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland.

Oregon’s Wine Industry Contributes $3.35 Billion To State’s Economy

Jan. 19, 2015 - The Oregon wine industry continues to substantially grow its contribution to the state’s economy according to a study released by the Oregon Wine Board today. In 2013 the sum of all economic activity in the state related to Oregon wine was more than $3.35 billion, a 28% growth in the economic impact of wine in Oregon since the last study, in 2010.

2015 Oregon Wine A-List Award-Winning Restaurants Revealed

Jan. 6, 2015 - The Oregon Wine Board, in association with Oregon Wine Press, has revealed the 2015 Oregon Wine A-List Award-winning restaurants. The Oregon Wine A-List Awards pay tribute to restaurants that display a superior commitment to presenting and promoting the diverse wines of Oregon.

2014 Press Releases

2015 Oregon Wine Symposium Registration Now Open

Dec 12, 2014 — Registration for the 2015 Oregon Wine Symposium, the largest annual wine industry educational event in the Pacific Northwest, is now open. Scheduled for Feb. 24-25 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, the Oregon Wine Symposium offers an unprecedented depth of information, insight and resources for all members of the wine industry.

There’s More to Taste, Learn and Do in Oregon’s Wine Countries During Thanksgiving Weekend

Oct. 13, 2014 — Thanksgiving Weekend — November 28 - 30 — is traditionally one of the most popular times for wine lovers to tour Oregon’s various wine countries and sample the state’s varied high-quality wines. There are compelling—and tasty—benefits for those who spend a day or two in one of Oregon’s wine countries over this holiday weekend.

Nominations Open for the 2015 Oregon Wine A-List Awards

Oct. 20, 2014 — Nominations are officially open for the 2015 Oregon Wine A-List Awards. Formerly known as the Superior Cellar Awards, the rebranded Oregon Wine A-List Awards program honors restaurants and restaurant professionals that demonstrate outstanding commitment to advocating and celebrating the quality and diversity of the wines of Oregon.

Oregon’s 2014 wine grape harvest is underway

Sept. 18, 2014 — Oregon’s 601 wineries and 905 vineyards are delighted as the early outlook for the 2014 vintage is prosperous. Ideal growing conditions in the spring and summer have the state’s $2.7 billion wine industry poised for a potential record harvest.

Oregon Wines Fly Free Again on Alaska Airlines in 2014

April 18, 2014 - In honor of Oregon Wine Month, the Oregon Wine Board, Travel Oregon and Alaska Airlines have partnered to bring back the Oregon Wines Fly Free program. Beginning May 1, visitors traveling from Oregon on an Alaska Airlines flight can check a case of Oregon wine for free. Oregon is the first state to partner with the airline on a statewide wines fly free program. More than 250 Oregon wineries joined the program in 2013.

Governor appoints three directors to Oregon Wine Board

Jan. 7, 2014 – Gov. John Kitzhaber appointed one new director to the Oregon Wine Board (OWB) and reappointed two current directors to second terms. John Pratt, owner of Celestina Vineyards in the Rogue Valley, was appointed to a three-year term. Bill Sweat of Winderlea Vineyard and Winery and David Beck of The Crawford Beck Vineyard were re-appointed to three-year terms.

2013 Press Releases

Oregon wine industry growth continues in 2012

Nov. 13, 2013 – The number of Oregon wineries topped 500 and production exceeded 50,000 tons, according to the 2012 Oregon Vineyard and Winery Census Report that was released today by the Oregon Wine Board (OWB). The annual report is produced for OWB by the Southern Oregon University Research Center.

Oregon Wine Symposium Set for Feb. 25-26 in Portland

Oct. 28, 2013 – The largest gathering of Oregon’s wine industry is set for Feb. 25-26, 2014, at the annual Oregon Wine Symposium. The annual event is held in Portland at the Oregon Convention Center.

Optimism running high as picking begins in Oregon

Sept. 11, 2013 - The wine grape harvest is officially under way at many of Oregon’s 463 wineries and 849 vineyards as the state’s industry looks forward to one of its earliest and most promising harvests in years.

Oregon receives wine consumer group’s top ranking

Aug. 8, 2013 — Oregon received the No. 1 ranking in the nation for its friendliness to wine consumers, according to a report released yesterday by the American Wine Consumer Coalition. Oregon was one of only six states whose regulatory environment received an A+ rating in AWCC’s annual state-by-state report card.

Oregon wines fly free on Alaska Airlines this fall

July 23, 2013 – Fall is a great time to visit Oregon Wine Country. And this year, enjoying Oregon wines once you get home just got easier thanks to a partnership with Alaska Airlines, the Oregon Wine Board (OWB) and Travel Oregon.

Oregon Wine License Plate Sales Top 6,000 Mark

May 15, 2013 - Oregon’s Wine Country license plate turns a year old today and it’s turning into a big hit with Oregonians who have placed more than 6,000 sets of the specialty plates on their vehicles in the first year.

State’s wineries ready for Oregon Wine Month

April 25, 2013 — Oregon’s 450-plus wineries are preparing to kick off Oregon Wine Month, a month-long focus on the state’s $3 billion industry next week. Dozens of promotions, tasting and other activities are planned by wineries and wine retailers in the state, culminating in the annual Memorial Day Weekend Open House when most of the state’s wineries are open for public tastings.

Elkton Oregon designated state’s 17th AVA

Feb. 7, 2013 — Elkton Oregon became the state’s newest American Viticultural Area after receiving approval from the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau this week. The new Elkton Oregon AVA is entirely contained within the Umpqua Valley AVA, which is entirely within the Southern Oregon AVA. Oregon has a total of 17 AVAs.

OWB sets date for 2013 Vintage Oregon tasting

Feb. 7, 2013 — The Oregon Wine Board announced today that the second annual all-Oregon tasting event will be April 28, 2013, in Portland. The tasting, which is expected to showcase as many as 100 wineries representing all regions of the state, will kick off Oregon Wine Month in May.

Oregon Wine Board names two new directors, officers Bartholomew elected Chairwoman; Thomson, Valot join OWB/OWA as directors

Jan. 9, 2013 - Gov. John Kitzhaber has appointed two new directors to the Oregon Wine Board (OWB) and reappointed two current directors to new terms. Both Steve Thomson of King Estate Winery and Juan Pablo “JP” Valot of Silvan Ridge Winery were appointed to three-year terms. Leigh Bartholomew of Archery Summit and Dominio IV winery and Michael Donovan of RoxyAnn Winery were re-appointed to new terms.

2012 Press Releases

Oregon selected as site for 2012 Wine Tourism Conference

Dec. 17, 2012 – In recognition of Oregon’s importance as a wine-touring destination, the third annual Wine Tourism Conference will be held Nov. 14-15, 2013 at the Doubletree Hotel in Portland, Ore. The meeting, organized by Zephyr Tours, attracts wine and travel industry executives from around the U.S. and the world. The Oregon Wine Board and Travel Oregon were instrumental in Zephyr Tours’ decision to select Oregon as the 2013 location.

Oregon Wine Industry Symposium Set for Feb. 19-20 in Portland

Dec. 17, 2012 – The largest gathering of Oregon’s wine-producing industry is set for Feb. 19-20, 2013 at the annual Oregon Wine Industry Symposium. This will be the second year the conference has been held in Portland at the Oregon Convention Center and is expected to attract record attendance.

Oregon wineries top 2 million case mark for first time

Dec. 12, 2012 – Oregon’s $3 billion wine industry continue to outpace much of the rest of the U.S. wine industry by topping the 2 million case sales level for the first time in its 50-year history, according to the 2011 Oregon Winery Census Report released today by the Oregon Wine Board (OWB).

Unwine’d grand tasting kicks off Oregon Wine Month

March 12, 2012 —Top wines produced by Oregon’s wineries will be on display April 29 at the Left Bank Annex in Portland at the Oregon’s largest statewide consumer tasting ever. The Oregon Wine Board (OWB) will host 100 wineries from every region of the state to kick off Oregon Wine Month.

Oregon Wine Industry Honors David Adelsheim

Feb. 21, 2012 – The Oregon Wine Board (OWB) today honored David Adelsheim, co-founder and president of Adelsheim Vineyard, with its 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award. Alex Sokol Blosser and Susan Sokol Blosser, who received the award in 2008, presented the honor at the industry’s annual awards dinner Tuesday evening at the Oregon Wine Industry Symposium in Portland.

Experts Predict Strong 2012 For Oregon Wine Industry

Feb. 21, 2012 – Members of the Oregon wine industry heard optimistic business and crop forecasts for 2012 today as the Oregon Wine Industry Symposium (OWIS) kicked off a two-day gathering at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. The conference attracted more than 1,200 attendees – breaking the record of 990 set at the 2010 conference in Eugene.

Oregon Wine Industry Symposium Gears Up for Portland Debut

Jan. 30, 2012 – Portland will play host to the Oregon Wine Industry Symposium for the first time in the industry’s history Feb. 21-22 when the conference debuts at the Oregon Convention Center. The annual gathering of wine industry owners and executives was previously held in Eugene. This year’s event is expected to attract more than 1,000 attendees.

Gov. John Kitzhaber Designates May 2012 Oregon Wine Month

Jan. 18, 2012 – Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber today announced that he has signed a proclamation designating May 2012 as Oregon Wine Month in recognition of the Oregon wine industry’s rapid growth, international reputation for quality and important contribution to the state’s economy.

2011 Press Releases

Oregon Wine Board Names Tom Danowski Executive Director

Dec. 6, 2011 – The Oregon Wine Board (OWB) and Oregon Winegrowers Association (OWA) today announced Tom Danowski has been chosen as the executive director of the state’s largest organization representing Oregon’s $2.7 billion wine industry.

Reaping benefits of “miracle harvest” Oregon wine industry optimistic about 2011 vintage

October 27, 2011 - Oregon wine producers may have a lot to be thankful for in another month as they put the finishing touches on the 2011 harvest, which is being referring to as the "miracle harvest." The Oregon wine industry, which saw production decline 22% last year from 2009, is now staring at a potentially record harvest as well as one of the outstanding vintages in recent memory.

Oregon Wine Industry Optimistic as Harvest Nears

October 6, 2011 – Oregon winegrowers are optimistic as harvest nears for the state’s $2.7 billion wine industry. Harvest is expected to begin next week in many parts of the state, but the industry is taking it day-by-day with one eye on the ripening grapes and the other on the weather forecast.

Oregon Wine Board, Oregon Wine Press partner to recognize top Oregon wine lists

Sept. 15, 2011 – The Oregon Wine Board (OWB) and Oregon’s leading winefocused consumer publication, Oregon Wine Press (OWP), are partnering to enhance and promote OWP’s Superior Cellar Oregon Wine List recognition program.

Oregon Wine Industry Crop Update: September 2011

Sept. 14, 2011 - Warm late summer days lead to optimism for 2011 vintage.

Wine Bloggers Conference Selects Oregon to Host 2012 Event

July 26, 2011 – The North American Wine Bloggers Conference announced this week that it will hold its 2012 conference in Portland. Next year’s conference will be the fifth Wine Bloggers Conference and will be coming to Oregon for the first time.

2010 Economic Impact Study Press Release

July 14, 2011 - The Oregon wine industry is emerging as one of the state's most strategic agricultural industries based on its rapid growth and key contribution to Oregon tourism, according to a new study released today by the Oregon Wine Board.

Oregon Wine Industry Crop Update: June 2011

June 6, 2011 -After a late start, the Oregon wine industry has high hoped for the 2011 vintage.

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