boundaries and the Willamette River create the 100-mile long, 60-mile
wide Willamette Valley, home to approximately
400 Oregon wineries and many
more wine shops and wine bars.
Coolest of Oregon's wine regions, this elongated,
"V"-shaped Valley is bordered to the north
by the Columbia River, to the south by the Calapooya Mountains (south of Eugene), to the
east by the Cascade Mountain foothills, and to the west by Oregon's Coast Range.
Considered to be a cool,
marginal wine-growing region, the Willamette Valley's climate is suited to a narrower
range of wine grape varieties than many
other American wine regions.
Its average temperatures are cooler than 75% of Washington's wine
growing areas... not surprisingly, since almost all Oregon wineries are
located to the west -- the "wet side" -- of the Cascade Mountains,
while most Washington wineries are located to the east of the range.
The Valley's climate is particularly well matched to the early-ripening
Pinot noir grape, for which Oregon wineries in the region are
When the Willamette Valley AVA was first authorized 1984,
its geographic description included some 3.3 million acres!
Twenty years later, winemakers and wine growers succeeded in
submitting applications for approval of six sub-regions within
the Willamette Valley, to better describe micro climates proven over the years to be
distinctly suited for the growing of
wine grapes. McMinnville Foothills, Dundee Hills, Ribbon
the Yamhill-Carlton District, Eola-Amity Hills District
and the Chehalem Mountain were
all authorized as official American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) in 2005
the wine grapes grown
in the Willamette Valley come from vineyards located on bench-land hillsides in the
western portion of the Valley. To its north, the Willamette Valley includes Oregon's
largest city, the beautiful Portland, Oregon, providing travelers a wide variety of
amenities while visiting this beautiful wine country and the many local
Willamette Valley AVA
and its sub appellations
Northwest organizes the huge Willamette Valley
AVA/appellation into three general sections -
North, South and
Additionally, our mapping system for the
North Willamette Valley - between Portland and Salem, west of the
I-5 corridor - consists of a network of maps, featuring the six
sub-appellations of that area, authorized as individual AVAs (American
Viticultural Areas); each of these lies entirely within the Willamette Valley AVA.
More detailed maps
- including winery names, tasting room hours and map locations - are
linked to from the map below.
Click on the map regions of your choice
for a closer look and the locations of wineries.
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