Oregon's Willamette Valley at a Glance

Although Pinot Noir was introduced to the Willamette Valley in the mid-1960s, it's difficult to imagine the Willamette Valley without Pinot Noir. In forty-eight short years - considering that Pinot Noir has been grown in Burgundy for at least 600 years - the Willamette Valley has established itself as a preeminent source of Pinot Noir.

The Willamette Valley, stretching from Portland in the north to Eugene in the south, contains two-thirds of the state's wineries and vineyards and six sub-appellations. Pinot Noir may be the Valley's claim to fame, but Oregon wineries also produce exceptional Willamette Valley white varietals, such as Riesling, Pinot Gris, and Chardonnay, proving that the Willamette Valley is one of the best locations in the world for growing cool-climate grapes.

Published: June 17, 2013

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