Oregon Wine Country

If you were a grape in Oregon wine country, you’d feel like singing too.
September 29, 2021

Oregon wine country has come a long way since its humble beginnings when a few rogue dreamers planted vines in the Willamette Valley. The state’s wine scene has blossomed to more than 600 wineries in 18 distinct growing areas (also known as American Viticultural Areas, or AVAs) and is the third largest wine-grape-producing state in the nation. Our talented vintners regularly earn international and national accolades. And yet that early spirit of modesty remains. Oregon wineries, often family- owned, focus on small-batch, high-quality production. Visit a tasting room and you’re likely to see the owner pouring wine or moving barrels. Once thing is certain: Wherever you go in Oregon wine country, you’re sure to get a warm welcome.

Check out the following websites for more travel inspiration: Willamette Valley Visitors Association, Oregon Wine Board, Southern Oregon.

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Flatcrust pizza with a glass of Left Coast wine
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Cellar Season in the Willamette Valley

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Vista of vineyard with mountains and farm in background

Pedal and Sip in the Applegate Valley

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People enjoying wine and view of vineyard from deck of Youngberg Hill

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