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 450
wineries located in 17 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 nearly 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
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
The Oregon Wine A-List Awards
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.