When we think about Oregon wine country, we often think of the Willamette Valley, a cooler region on the west side of the Cascades that often has gray skies, often a bit of rain. A climate perfect for Pinot Noir, the red grape of France’s Burgundy region.
Sauvignon Blanc is a sleek white wine that is gaining in popularity in the Pacific Northwest, particularly because of its ability to pair with our region’s seafood, as well as other cuisine inspired by Asian and Hispanic influences.
For wine lovers in the Pacific Northwest who have toured the wine regions of Washington, Oregon and Idaho, it's time to head north of the border to explore a beautiful region filled with stunning wines.
Among the most interesting trends throughout the Pacific Northwest wine industry is the appreciation for the red grape Tempranillo, the dominant variety in Spain’s famous Rioja region and one that produces deeply colored and full-bodied wines.
When someone mentions "Oregon wine country," most believe they are talking about the bucolic Willamette Valley, a region on the northern portion of the state that is famous worldwide for its Pinot Noir.
At more than 50,000 tons harvested annually in Oregon, Pinot Noir is one of the dominant red grape varieties in the Pacific Northwest, trailing only Washington Cabernet Sauvignon, which weighed in the past two vintages fall at more than 60,000 tons.