It’s been more than four decades since a handful of brave believers planted the vines that would turn the Willamette Valley into a world-class wine region. Now, with more than 600 wineries and 18 wine-growing regions, the state of Oregon is officially on the map. And the pioneering tradition continues. In sustainability, organic farming, cooperative marketing and new business, Oregon’s winemakers are forging new paths. These Willamette Valley winemakers continue to blaze the trail.
Dreaming of a getaway to wine country? Pairing menus, winery events and tasting specials abound across the state during Oregon Wine Month in May.
Eileen Garvin lives and writes in Hood River. When she’s not hunched over her keyboard or digging in the garden, you can find her mountain biking, kiteboarding, hiking, skiing or camping somewhere in Oregon.