1. Annual Oregon Pinot noir sales (cases)

  2. Holiday weekend brings visitors to wine country

  3. 'Plug and Pinot' offers gas-free wine country tour

  4. Oregon winemakers debut new iPad app

  5. SOWI Director featured in national publication

  6. Oregon's wine industry continues to ripen

  7. Oregon Pinot Gris

  8. The Oregon Wine Board

       The Oregon Wine Board is a semi-independent Oregon state agency managing marketing, research and education initiatives that support and advance the Oregon wine and wine grape industry. The Board works on behalf of all Oregon wineries and independent growers throughout the state’s diverse winegrowing regions. The Oregon wine grape and wine industry contributes more than $2.7 billion in economic activity to the state economy each year, including more than 13,518 wine-related jobs and $382 million in wages.

  1. Events

    1. An abundance of amoré and wine at Italy in the Valley

      Explore Welcome to Examiner.com (Aug 18 2014)

      An abundance of amoré and wine at Italy in the Valley

      The only event of its kind in the state, Italy in the Valleyserves up nothing but Italian wine varietals made here in Oregon. Held at Cana’s Feast Winery in Carlton, wine lovers will find a wide variety of white and red wines from Arneis to Zinfandel’s Italian cousin Primitivo. With music from the old country played by an accordion maestro, you’re sure to feel transported to Italy while sipping some unique and uncommon wines.

      Ed Fus, owner and winemaker at Angel Vine Wine, says this about the event;
      “Angel Vine has participated at Italy In the ...

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    2. Original Oregon: Umpqua Valley's HillCrest Vineyards

      Explore nwwineanthem.com (Aug 7 2014)

      Original Oregon: Umpqua Valley's HillCrest Vineyards

      The Oregon wine industry and the Willamette Valley have come to be synonymous with American Pinot Noir. It didn't all start there though. To find the birthplace of the modern Oregon wine industry you'll need to travel south on I-5 from what has come to be known as Oregon Pinot country until you get to the town of Roseburg.

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    3. Eola Hills Wine Cellars offers wine bike tours on August Sundays, plus special winemaker dinner

      Explore oregonlive.com (Jul 31 2014)

      Eola Hills Wine Cellars offers wine bike tours on August Sundays, plus special winemaker dinner

      Support vehicles will be provided to transport wine purchases and riders in need of a lift. The day ends with a barbecued salmon feast and wine tasting at the Eola Hills Winery along Oregon 99W is the Polk County town west of Salem.

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    4. Visit Origin 14: Chehalem Mtns. Winegrowers

      Explore Essential Northwest Wines (Jul 28 2014)

      Visit Origin 14: Chehalem Mtns. Winegrowers

      Learn About the Chehalem Mountains & Ribbon Ridge AVAs

      Some of the Willamette Valley’s earliest vineyards were planted on the rolling hills of the Chehalem Mountains just southwest of Portland. This is the first AVA that visitors encounter when the head out of the metropolis and head toward wine country. Every year the Chehalem Mountains Winegrowers Association gathers to show their wines, and this year the event—called Origin 14—will be held on the grounds of ArborBrook Winery on August 9 from 4:30 to 8:00 pm.

      You’ll learn how the varying soil types, elevations, and exposures ...

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    5. Wine country marathon a labor of love

      Explore Portland Tribune & Community Newspapers (Jul 10 2014)

      Wine country marathon a labor of love

      On a whim, Chris Nagy decided to combine her two loves: wine and running. Five years later, the Fueled by Fine Wine Half Marathon is one of the best in the nation, rated 13th best half-marathon by Runners World and listed as a “must do” by Competitor Magazine.

      “It’s just a funny little race in Dundee,” Nagy said. But with 13.1 miles through the Dundee hills, it’s not an easy race. “It is a difficult course. 

      But it’s meant to be more than just a race. With participants from as far as Germany and China, the ...

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  2. OWB Blog

  3. Vintage Oregon Blog

  4. Oregon Wine News

    1. Pinot Noir Still King in Oregon - Red varietal brought highest average price per ton of $2,655 in 2013

      Explore Wines & Vines (22 hours, 8 min ago)

      Pinot Noir Still King in Oregon - Red varietal brought highest average price per ton of $2,655 in 2013

      The rebound in pricing for Oregon grapes during the past four years suggests that growers will see stable or slightly higher prices this season.

      Preliminary results from the 2013 Oregon Vineyard and Wine Production Census indicate that statewide, growers received an average of $2,252 per ton in 2013, down 3% from 2012.

      Pinot Noir topped the crop with a price of $2,655 per ton, with white varieties including Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Müller-Thurgau coming on strong. Chardonnay is now the state’s second most-expensive grape at $2,236 per ton, up 28% in 2013 compared to 2012 ...

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    2. Are The Perrydale Hills Real? Group wants the name to define area vineyards

      Explore Polk County Itemizer (Aug 14 2014)

      Are The Perrydale Hills Real? Group wants the name to define area vineyards

      Perrydale Hills. Ever heard of it?

      A group of vineyard owners in Polk and Yamhill counties are hoping someone has documentation of the rolling hills bordering Perrydale Road being referred to as “the Perrydale Hills.”

      Finding a reference or two would help the group of more than a dozen vineyards establish a new, approximately 60,000-acre sub-appellation of the Willamette Valley American Viticulture Area (AVA).

      Sub-appellations are pockets of a larger AVA that have conditions — soil or weather patterns, for instance — that set them apart for the whole.

      “We feel like we have a very unique area in terms of ...

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    3. Geological Wine Tours project to launch in October

      Explore Wine Business (Aug 14 2014)

      Responding to a trending interest in the connection between the geological foundation of Pacific Northwest vineyards and the region’s world-renowned wines, WinesNorthwest.com (an 18-year-old online tour guide for Northwest wine country) is set to launch its Geological Wine Tours project on Sunday, October 12.

      “The matter of place,” observes Susan O’Hara, WinesNorthwest founder, “is pretty central to decision-making by Northwest winemakers, viticulturists and wine enthusiasts alike these days. That’s pretty obvious when you look at the rapid growth in the number of sub-appellations in the Northwest over the past 10 years or so and the prices ...

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    4. Lange calls investment validation

      Explore The Chronicle (Aug 13 2014)

      Lange calls investment validation

      Oregon’s Willamette Valley has earned its place on the shelf.

      In the last 10-15 years, the Burgundian-style Pinot Noir wines from the Northwest have proven to be good enough to be compared to French Burgundy.

      Critics love the terroir-driven wines while consumers find an increasing selection of Oregon Pinot on wine shop shelves. The notoriety has made many Oregon wineries household names.

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  5. Oregon Wine Bloggers

    1. All-Stars and Rookies: The Wines with Character Trading Cards of the Chehalem Mountains AVA

      Explore nwwineanthem.com (May 19 2014)

      All-Stars and Rookies: The Wines with Character Trading Cards of the Chehalem Mountains AVA

      When I was a kid I collected baseball cards because the generation before me had nostalgia and money and they would and could spend ridiculous amounts of money on the baseball cards they had as kids but either lost, forgot or neglected. So, frankly my generation was set up believing that this was some kind of an "investment" along with comic books. Sucker bet.

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    2. Photo gallery: Willamette Valley bud break

      Explore Great Northwest Wine (Apr 30 2014)

      Photo gallery: Willamette Valley bud break

      The first sign of the 2014 vintage began showing about two weeks ago when tiny leaves started to emerge from Pinot Noir vines in the northern Willamette Valley.

      Winemakers and grape growers in the Dundee Hills and Yamhill-Carlton American Viticultural Areas said bud break this year was right on time – or even a bit early. They are delighted by the good start to the 2014 vintage, and warm days this week are helping to get the vines started on a solid path early in the growing season.

      Following are a few photos from the northern Willamette Valley on Monday and ...

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    3. Cranberries and Dirt: Guide to Oregon Pinot Noir

      Explore Wine Folly (Jan 6 2014)

      If you’re wondering what Oregon wine is really like and want to understand the region a little better, this guide will help you understand the grape varieties, the sub-regions and the taste that makes Oregon wine so unique. In particular, we’ll be talking mostly about Oregon’s largest region: The Willamette Valley which is known for Oregon Pinot Noir.
       

      Q: What Does Oregon Do Best?

      A: Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay

       

      First Oregon Pinot: David and Diana Lett plant Pinot Noir in Dundee Hills in 1965
      True grit. Newly minted Oregonians David and Diana Lett
      plant Pinot Noir (1965). Courtesy Linfield College

      Interestingly enough, I grew up in the Willamette Valley and ...

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    4. Friday Find, December 6th: Tertulia Cellars

      Explore nwwineanthem.com (Dec 6 2013)

      Friday Find, December 6th: Tertulia Cellars

      Each Friday we highlight a wine from the Northwest that we think is a real "find. " By find we might mean that it's a steal, as all of these wines we'll feature weekly are at or under $20. We might also mean "Hey, you really need to go find this" and it might be a wine that we feel not enough people know about. In any case, with the weekend pending we're hoping to help you "find" a wine to kickoff the weekend right.

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    5. Assorted Southern Oregon Wines & Black Bear Diner

      Explore The Passionate Foodie (Dec 2 2013)

      Assorted Southern Oregon Wines & Black Bear Diner

      During my Oregon trip, there wasn't enough time to visit all of the wineries in Southern Oregon, but some of the wineries sent representatives or their wines to the wineries we did visit, so we got some exposure to other wines. I wanted to highlight some of those wines, as well as a cool diner where I ate a couple times. 

      During our visit to Abacela VineyardsPatrick Spangler (pictured on the left) of Spangler Vineyards joined us for the tour and lunch. Pat purchased the vineyard and winery in 2004, and has about 9 acres of grapes, purchasing ...

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  6. Oregon Bounty

    1. Recent Sips of Oregon Pinot Noir & Chardonnay

      Explore Home Page (Aug 18 2014)

      Recent Sips of Oregon Pinot Noir & Chardonnay

      2012 Beckham Estate Vineyard Dow’s Chehalem Mountains Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

      13.9% alc., 70 cases, $45-$50. September or October 2014 release. Since 1857, more than 20 sons in the Beckham family have carried the name Dow. The wine honors Andrew Beckham’s father, grandfather and son.From the Beckham Estate Vineyard, a dry-farmed site with rocky volcanic soils at 412 to 568 feet elevation. Clones are 777 and Pommard. 100% de-stemmed. Aged 15 months in 40% new French oak. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Aromas of dark cherry, raspberry and earthy flora with a hint ...

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    2. Coastal Diamonds: The Rieslings of Oregon

      Explore Vinography (Aug 14 2014)

      Coastal Diamonds: The Rieslings of Oregon

      About every two years, I get an invite to attend the International Pinot Noir Celebration in Oregon's Willamette Valley. The event continues to be one of the best run and highest quality wine events in the country, with a fantastic combination of excellent wine and equally fantastic food.

      More about Pinot Noir in a day or two.

      In addition to attending one of the best wine parties around, IPNC also gives me (and a number of other wine writers) the excuse to do something slightly less expected: taste a lot of Oregon Riesling. Each year following IPNC, the Oregon ...

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    3. 72 Pinot Noirs on a Sunny Afternoon: Tasting at IPNC 2014

      Explore Vinography (Aug 14 2014)

      I go to a lot of wine tastings, and have come to really appreciate those that are produced well. It may not be immediately apparent how easily a large public tasting can be screwed up, but it doesn't take much to turn such an event from a pleasure to a chore.

      Quite consistently some of my favorite wine tasting experiences have been at the International Pinot Noir Celebration, in McMinnville, Oregon, in the heart of the Willamette Valley. Both afternoons during this event, the "Al Fresco" tasting takes place, in which half of the attending wineries pour a wine ...

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    4. Oregon Chardonnay Takes Center Stage

      Explore enobytes.com (Aug 13 2014)

      Willamette Valley produces some mighty fine Pinot noir. The region also produces some great Chardonnay, and vintners planted plenty of it during the post-prohibition era in the 60s and 70s. Yet, many drinkers are not familiar with their whites. There are some interesting experiments going on right now, which are slowly redefining what Oregon Chardonnay is, and what makes it so special.

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  7. People and Places

    1. Longplay

      Explore Home Page (Aug 18 2014)

      Longplay

      I recently visited Todd Hansen, proprietor and grower of Longplay Wine, at his quaint Newberg, Oregon tasting room. Todd developed an interest in wine while serving in the American diplomatic corps in France, Chile and South Africa.

      In 2005, Todd bought the 54-acre Lia’s Vineyard (re-named after his daughter Lia) that had formerly been part of Rex Hill’s Jacob-Hart Vineyard. Rex Hill changed ownership and parts of the Jacob-Hart Vineyard in the Chehalem Mountains was sold to Todd and Olenik Vineyards, with Rex Hill retaining ownership of some of the vineyard. Neighboring vineyards include J. Christopher’s Appassionata ...

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    2. Broadley Vineyards Scores Big in 2012

      Explore Home Page (Aug 18 2014)

      Broadley Vineyards Scores Big in 2012

      Broadley Vineyards is a family owned winery established over 30 years in the hills west of the town of Monroe, Oregon, producing distinguished wines since 1986. Technically, Broadley Vineyards is in the Willamette Valley, but lies on Highway 99 halfway between Corvallis and Eugene, outside of the more publicized sub-appellations of the Willamette Valley which are located in the northern Willamette Valley.

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    3. Kiley Evans Joins Ledger David Cellars as its First In-House Winemaker

      Explore Wine Business (Aug 15 2014)

      Kiley Evans Joins Ledger David Cellars as its First In-House Winemaker

      Ledger David Cellars has hired Kiley Evans as its new winemaker. Evans is the winery’s first in-house winemaker and brings with him more than 15 years of wine industry experience. Most recently, he worked at Raffaldini in North Carolina – a winery with European origins that specializes in Italian wines.

      Originally from the South, Evans moved to North Carolina in 2011 to be closer to family – but his winemaking roots actually began on the West Coast. After graduating in 2002 from U.C. Davis’s prestigious winemaking program as a Winkler scholar with a double major in viticulture and enology ...

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    4. Looking Forward & Looking Back: Gypsy Dancer

      Explore nwwineanthem.com (Aug 15 2014)

      Looking Forward & Looking Back: Gypsy Dancer

      Gary Andrus was, from what I've read, a giant of the American wine scene. I never had the chance to meet him. In 1978 he founded Napa Valley's Pine Ridge Vineyards, and then in 1993 he founded one of the biggest names in the Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, particularly as the Valley developed it's reputation, in Archery Summit. Gary gained a reputation for focus, concentration and pushing the boundaries to see what was possible. He died of health complications in 2009.

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