Ladies and Gentlemen, a Toast
Welcome to the gateway to Oregon wine country: the northern Willamette Valley. The rich Washington County soil in this wine region results in grapes made into outstanding Pinot Noir--which helped put Oregon wine on the map. Oregon's Washington County has the closest cluster of wineries to Portland (most with tasting rooms), and our award-winning wines have made this a must-visit wine destination.
The state’s modern wine industry began in the mid-20th century, when a group of pioneers settled in our valley with the notion of planting the perfect Pinot Noir grape. The rest is history.
Today, wine producers in the northern Willamette Valley produce dozens of varietals, including Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Riesling, Pinot Blanc, and a host of other Italian- and French-inspired styles. Explore the many varietals of Willamette Valley and Chehalem Mountains American Viticultural Areas (AVA) at the nearly 30 wineries in Oregon’s Washington County. But if you prefer Pinot, we understand!
(Photo above is Alloro Vineyard, by Scott Spiker)