Oregon Wine Board publishes its first touring guide

By on May 20, 2016
The 2016 Oregon Wine Touring Guide is a joint publication of the Oregon Wine Board and SagaCity Media.

The 84-page 2016-17 Oregon Wine Touring Guide is a joint publication of the Oregon Wine Board and SagaCity Media.

PORTLAND – It’s rather poignant that the Oregon Wine Country License Plate has paved the road for the first Oregon Wine Official Touring Guide.

Release of the inaugural 84-page guide comes during Oregon Wine Month, and the publication is available in print and digital formats.

“We are so excited to provide our industry with a high-end guide that inspires prospective travelers to choose Oregon as their premier wine destination,” Michelle Kaufmann, Oregon Wine Board communications manager, said in a news release. “The distinct virtues of the diverse wine tourism regions throughout the state are highlighted throughout the guide, creating a wine country experience for everyone.”

Kaufmann noted the touring guide was created as a result of the Oregon Wine Country License Plate Matching Grant Program through Travel Oregon. Sales of the wine-themed plate, authorized by the state Legislature in 2011, support Oregon wine and culinary tourism efforts.

The guide features work by award-winning photographers, winery profiles, detailed maps, tips for day trips, extended touring and suggestions for restaurants supportive of the Oregon wine industry.

There are more than 450 listings that offer opportunities to taste Oregon wines, many of them in the Willamette Valley, which celebrates its annual Memorial Weekend in the Wine Country.

Oregon Wine Board publication features entire state

A large percentage of Walla Walla Valley vineyards are in Oregon, including Casey McClelland's estate plantings for Seven Hills Winery in Walla Walla.

A large percentage of Walla Walla Valley vineyards are in Oregon, including Casey McClellan’s estate plantings for Seven Hills Winery in Walla Walla. His vineyard partners, the Brown family of Milton-Freewater, are featured in the new Oregon Wine Official Touring Guide. (Photo by Eric Degerman/Great Northwest Wine)

All major wine regions of the state are spotlighted – the Willamette Valley, Southern Oregon, Columbia Gorge and the Walla Walla Valley. There’s even a listing for Eastern Oregon wineries in Baker City and Mount Vernon – with the digital version including hyperlinks to wineries in both towns. (Copper Belt Winery’s Keating Valley Vineyard grows Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Riesling at 3,400 feet elevation.)

Also included in the guide are vignettes on industry leaders and pioneers such as David Adelsheim, Earl and Andrew Brown (Watermill), Rich Cushman (Viento), Steve Girard (Benton-Lane), Earl and Hilda Jones (Abacela) as well as Renee Neely and Laurie Lewis (Hip Chicks).

Regional wine associations as well as individual wineries provided advertising support for the publication, artfully designed by SagaCity Media, a company with offices in Portland, Seattle, Houston, Aspen, Vail and Park City.

The guide is available in print inside winery tasting rooms and throughout Oregon and Washington at hotels and tourism centers. Copies can also be requested from oregonwine.org. A digital version of the guide is also available at oregonwine.org and traveloregon.com.

About Eric Degerman

Eric Degerman is the president and CEO of Great Northwest Wine. He is a journalist with more than 30 years of daily newspaper experience and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest with Andy Perdue and served as its managing editor for 15 years. He is a frequent wine judge along the West Coast and contributor to Pacific Northwest Golfer magazine, the region's longest-running golf publication.

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