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Oregon wineries top 2 million case mark for first time: 2011 census shows sales, production growth exceeds industry average
PORTLAND, 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). The census was conducted and produced by Southern Oregon University’s Southern Oregon Research Center in Ashland.
Oregon’s 463 wineries saw overall sales increase 9% both in volume and sales revenue, making 2011 the biggest year in the history of the industry. Total case ...(Read Full Article)
- By OWB Staff PORTLAND – Oct. 10, 2012 -- Oregon’s burgeoning wine industry is headed down the home stretch to what some are calling an epic harvest that could lead to one of the best vintages in the history of the 50-year-old region. “This harvest has been amazing,” said Jesse Lange of Lange Estate Winery in Dundee, who described himself as downright giddy. “Epic is the word I used earlier to describe this coming vintage and it’s turning out to be accurate.” The Oregon industry has experienced one of its driest harvest season on record as much of the state ... (Read Full Article)
Oregon wine country as we know it today really started to formulate in the 1960s.
In 1961, Richard Sommer, a UC Davis graduate, began making wine south of Portland in the Umpqua Valley under the Hillcrest Vineyard label. In 1964, David Lett, ignoring UC Davis professor, Maynard Amerine’s advice that Oregon was too cold and wet for grapes, went ahead and searched for an ideal vineyard site in the State. In went Pinot Noir vines in a temporary nursery in Corvallis before Lett found his preferred spot in the Willamette Valley’s Dundee Hills. It was here that Eyrie ...(Read Full Article)
I began covering wine for The Oregonian a decade ago. At that time, the industry was established but unsophisticated; wine country didn't boast a luxury hotel or many fine-dining options. Vintners answered the phone -- or didn't -- while sitting on the backs of tractors, or while driving their vans to town to "hand sell" their wares to restaurateurs and shop owners.(Read Full Article)
Today, more often than not, local wineries employ marketing teams and distribution firms to handle messaging and deliveries. The Willamette Valley, Rogue Valley and Columbia Gorge appellations, in particular, have seen spectacular growth as wine-tourism destinations. And the ...
In 2002, more than a dozen structures and countless trees were scorched in the course of the Biscuit Fire, which took down roughly 500,000 acres in southern Oregon. Now a Dayton-area winery with a history of green innovation - Stoller Family Estate - has put a number of those trees to use in its new tasting room, along with a whole lot of solar power. This wood comes courtesy of the "standing dead," i.e., trees that were killed by the fire but were left standing, often in excellent shape for tho(Read Full Article)
In 2002, more than a dozen structures and countless trees were scorched in the course of the Biscuit Fire, which took down roughly 500,000 acres in southern Oregon. Now a Dayton-area winery with a history of green innovation — Stoller Family Estate — has put a number of those trees to use in its new tasting room, along with a whole lot of solar power. This wood comes courtesy of the “standing dead,” i.e., trees that were killed by the fire but were left standing, often in excellent shape for tho(Read Full Article)
I just read this story: Oregon wants to double UK sales within three years, published by Harpers, a UK magazine. The following was written by Gemma McKenna, on Thursday, 24 May 2012: The head of the Oregon Wine Board hopes to double its UK sales within the next three years. Tom Danowski, executive director, told [...](Read Full Article)
Doug Frost is a wine and spirits consultant based in Kansas City. He holds the rare dual distinction of master of wine and master sommelier. His column appears in The Star’s Food section. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.(Read Full Article)
Governor John Kitzhaber signed a proclamation designating May 2012 as Oregon Wine Month to promote Oregon wine and recogize how wonderful it is. It's the first time there’s been an “Oregon Wine Month” since 1989 when Neil Goldschmidt was Governor. For a time, Goldschmidt had his own vineyard and winery.(Read Full Article)
Oregon Wine Month includes retail, restaurant and consumer events and promotions. It started with a consumer event in Portland, “Unwine’d: Celebrating Oregon Wine.” I was there with small group for a quick media tour with the Oregon Wine Board. We covered a lot of ground in three ...
Oregon ranks third in the number of wineries and fourth in wine production in the United States. In its relatively short 40-year history, the Oregon wine industry has evolved into a world-class wine region. Today, Oregon boasts over 400 wineries and 16 AVA’s (American Viticultural Areas). With those AVA’s found in both warm and cool [...] Oregon Wine: Beyond Pinot Noir was originally posted on Wine Peeps. Wine Peeps - Your link to great QPR wines from Washington State and beyond.(Read Full Article)
Starting Monday, Oregon drivers will be able to purchase wine country automobile license plates for an ongoing $30 surcharge.
The plates were approved during the state's 2011 legislative session under Senate Bill 442, brainchild of Angie Morris, CEO of Travel Salem. The request was made under the auspices of Cultivating Communities, a non-profit Travel Salem arm created by Morris just for that purpose.
Drivers will be able to customize the wine country plate, which was designed by artist Judy Phipps. But no references to wine will be allowed, as the Oregon DMV prohibits allusions to sex, drugs, alcohol and ...(Read Full Article)
If you missed last night’s OPB Oregon Experience documentary on the making of the Oregon wine industry, there are still some opportunities to watch it. The hour-long program may be the consummate piece on the history of the wine industry. It follows the paths of the pioneers and tells the story in their own words, not the mention offering some breathtaking video footage. You have several choices to watch or record it. Or you can stream it to your computer or smart phone from the OPB website. The next airings are: Thursday, May 10, 1 a.m.Sunday, May ...(Read Full Article)
Japanese people like Oregon wine. I know this because sales to the land of electronics and efficient cars have grown, according to reports from the Oregon Wine Board — and because six people from Tokyo and Osaka told me so. In March, a group from Mottox, the fifth-largest wine distributor in Japan, flew in to visit Ted Gerber of Foris Vineyards in Cave Junction. The group toured the perfectly pruned pinot noir vines, checked out the wine-storage rooms with cases stacked to the ceiling and stayed(Read Full Article)
To kick off Oregon Wine Month, the Oregon Wine Board set loose more than 80 wineries on Portland’s Leftbank Annex on April 29 for an evening of unforgettable tastings all under one roof. With representatives from all the wine regions … Continue reading →(Read Full Article)
The Yamhill Carlton Winegrowers Association has installed four new gateway signs on the south side of Carlton, alongside Highway 47. The Yamhill Carlton Winegrowers have also recently distributed a wine video that highlights the Yamhill-Carlton American Viticultural Area (AVA) and the unique character of its wines. The neatly combed benchlands and hillsides of the Yamhill Carlton American Viticultural Area are home of some of the finest Pinot noir vineyards in the world. This pastoral corner of Oregon’s northern Willamette Valley is known for its coarse grained, ancient marine sedimentary soils. The soils drain quickly, which inhibits vegetative growth, leading ...(Read Full Article)
A new episode of the "Oregon Experience" documentary show explores the state's wine history.
"In the beginning, the late 1960s and early 1970s, they were bearded young men and overall-wearing women. They were college graduates who had majored in engineering, philosophy, political science or the liberal arts. But they found their life’s work in the hills and farmlands of the Willamette Valley."(Read Full Article)
STAR DATE April 22nd, 2012: We saw the first evidence of bud break; the first event of the grape growing season, when the new buds break open, and the first leaves and shoots begin to grow. April 21st and 22nd were our first truly warm days of the year – over 70 degrees. Because it [...](Read Full Article)
By Duane Pemberton Let’s face it, American Viticulture Areas are a “brand” – they’re a brand of a geographical area that grows grapes. They help customers become familiar with the various regions and sub-regions of vineyards all over the country and the reason wineries love them is because they can bottle wine, stamp a specific AVA [...](Read Full Article)
To kick off Oregon Wine Month, the Oregon Wine Board hosted a large-scale tasting event in Portland called Unwine’d, Celebrate Oregon Wine on Sunday. The concept was similar to Seattle’s annual Taste Washington event. The inaugural event featured 100 wineries pouring their wines and 14 restaurants serving small bites. With approximately 450 wineries now open [...] Unwine’d 2012: Highlights from Oregon Wine’s Big Event was originally posted on Wine Peeps. Wine Peeps - Your link to great QPR wines from Washington State and beyond.(Read Full Article)