How did Oregon become a hot spot for hungry farm-to-table diners and a world-class destination for wine lovers everywhere? It all starts with our dirt. Starting with Jory soil (our proud state soil, designated in 2021), this reddish volcanic soil is rich in clay content, iron and other nutrients, perfect for growing those famous pinot-noir grapes and producing their earthy flavor profiles. (Fun fact: Oregon ranks No. 1 in the nation in Christmas tree production and a majority of them are grown on Jory soil.)
This soil made its way to Oregon on a marvelous journey millions of years ago during the historic Missoula Flood, as volcanic eruptions sent enormous flows of basalt blanketing the valley. Today Jory is just one of more than 2,000 types of soils identified within Oregon — the literal foundation of one of the country’s most diverse, vibrant agricultural resources. The next time you’re shopping at the farmers market for fruit, veggies, flowers, wine (from 21 different wine-growing areas) or mushrooms (although you can’t eat the world’s largest fungus), you can thank the dirt you’re standing on.
How to Explore the Malheur National Forest
This immense Eastern Oregon forest contains a wide range of natural wonders.
Oregon’s Summer Bounty: Guide to U-Pick Farms in Oregon
Where and when to find the freshest local berries and other produce in season.
Explore the East Gorge Food Trail
Visit these delightful spots between Mosier and The Dalles.
How to Explore Marys Peak
Fun and views await at the highest peak in the Coast Range where hikers have a 360-degree view of the ocean and the Cascades.
To Taste Oregon’s Terroir, Retrace the Missoula Floods
Take a geology-inspired tour of the lesser-known wine regions along the Columbia River.
Oregon’s Stranger Things
Learn about the “humongous fungus,” the world’s oldest shoes, a ghost forest and other quirky phenomenon.
Relax at the Hot Springs of Southeastern Oregon
These remote, off-the-grid pools are made for soaking.
Wine Tasting in the Rogue and Umpqua Valleys
Southern Oregon’s world-class wineries offer dining, views, unique terroir and fewer crowds.