Oregon’s Pinot Noir legacy

By on April 9, 2017
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Rolling vineyards of Pinot Noir grapes cover much of the northern Willamette Valley, the heart of Oregon wine country. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine)

Oregon’s modern-day wine industry traces its lineage to the 1960s. The first Pinot Noir was planted in southern Oregon in 1961, and it expanded into the Willamette Valley in the 1970s.

Today, Pinot Noir is far and away the dominant grape in the country’s fourth-largest wine-producing state (following California, Washington and New York). In fact, Pinot Noir makes up an astonishing 62 percent of the state’s wine production, with the focus on the northern Willamette Valley, home to six distinctive federally recognized viticultural areas.

Here are a dozen delicious examples of Oregon Pinot Noir we have recently tasted. Ask for them at your favorite wine merchant or contact the wineries directly.

About Great Northwest Wine

Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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