The Oregon Experience

Oregon was made for food and wine and more . . .

Eons of geologic flux has blessed Oregon with a vast and varied landscape ideal for growing, well, just about everything.

From verdant valleys and majestic mountains, to rushing rivers, dramatic desert and captivating coastline, Oregon's fertile soils and fecund climate puts it in the top 4 US producers of blackberries, raspberries, loganberries, hazelnuts, hops, garlic, snap beans, pears, blueberries, sweet cherries, strawberries, onions, azaleas, peppermint green peas, cranberries, Christmas trees-and, naturally, wine grapes.

Great wine made by artisan producers

Oregon's vineyards grow 72 grape varieties for 600 wineries located in 18 approved appellations within four wine country regions. You can travel from the rolling green hills of the Willamette Valley to the granite-crusted ridges of Southern Oregon; from the basalt bluffs of the Columbia Gorge to the sandy soils of Walla Walla Valley, and you'll experience a common linking thread throughout the state: great wine made by artisan producers.

For 50 years Oregon wine has been hand-made by individual craftspeople (many second-generation) who pursue two things above all else: quality and sustainability. It is testament to their commitment that Oregon is today the third largest producer of fine wine in North America.

Oregon vintners pioneered innovative land-use laws

Oregon got there by having the strictest wine-labeling laws in the U.S. (even more rigid than the Federal law) in order to assure wine quality and integrity for consumers. Oregon's vintners helped pioneer innovative land-use laws that preserved the countryside for agricultural use, not view-lot condominium development. And Oregon's winemakers and farmers have been committed to keeping the land natural and productive for generations to come. Nearly 40% of the state's vineyard acreage is certified sustainable, whether by LIVE (Low Input Viticulture and Enology), Oregon Tilth, Demeter Biodynamic®, or OCSW (Oregon Certified Sustainable Wine).

It isn't just anywhere that you can grow anything --but Oregon isn't just anywhere. And we aim to keep it that way.

The Oregon Wine A-List Awards

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A-List LogoThe Oregon A-List Awards is a joint effort between the Oregon Wine Press and the Oregon Wine Board. The A-List provides consumer guidance on restaurants that feature diverse and broad selections of Oregon wines on their wine lists. The goal of the program is to help consumers find restaurants, both in Oregon and elsewhere, that strongly advocate Oregon wine and to encourage restaurants to carry and feature Oregon wines. Wine lists are evaluated for breadth, depth and balance as well as specific selections. Emphasis is also placed on wait staff training and education, special tastings and other wine-related events are also taken into consideration. 

Oregon Wine Growlers

Oregon wineries, restaurants and retail stores can now use refillable "growlers," for wine similar to the way that brewpubs sell beer. The Oregon Wine Board is still compiling a list of participating locations. Get the facts on Oregon Wine Growlers.

Featured Content

  • It's back!

    Check a case of Oregon wine for free on Alaska Airlines. Learn More »

  • Wine Region of the Year!

    Oregon honored in 2013! Learn More »

  • Oregon Wine Experience App

    The app is available on iTunes for iPad only. Learn More »

  • Oregon Wine Country Plates!

    Oregon is the first in the nation to sell Wine Country license plates. Learn More »

Jun 2015

Clink! A Taste of Oregon Wine at Linfield College Oregon Wine Historical Archive

June 1, 2015 | Location

Due to the overwhelming response to Clink! A Taste of Oregon Wine, the Oregon Historical Society has developed a traveling version of the exhibition to travel the state.
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