Adventurous winemakers enjoy growing success with new varietals and prove that “Oregon wine” is not defined by pinot noir and pinot gris
The state’s expanding wine depth chart is a testament to Oregon growers and winemakers who continue to produce and improve their pinot noir and pinot gris, but also take risks to create a whole array of additional wines.
The No. 1 Oregon varietal by far is pinot noir, making up 60 percent of total acreage and wine production, followed by pinot gris. But wines such as gewürztraminer, pinot blanc, tempranillo, chardonnay (currently the hottest white wine, says Oregon Wine Board’s Charles Humble) and viognier are among the rising stars in the Oregon wine tapestry.