Northwestern Wine: Oregon Wineries And Oregon Wine Regions
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Northwestern Wine: Oregon Wineries And Oregon Wine Regions

Oregon, while not traditionally thought of as one of the top producing wine regions in the country, certainly has some unique flavors and locations to show off the selection of wines created there. With such a wide variety of regions to grow in, it should come as no surprise that Oregon is internationally renowned for the quality of their wines.

Here is some of the most popular wine producing regions in Oregon:

• The Southern Oregon American Viticultural Area is known for the high quality terroir of the grapes that are grown there. In 2005, it was declared to be a distinct wine growing area by the federal government of the United States. Some of the areas included in this region are Applegate, Rogue Valley, and Umpqua. Many of the microclimates which are found in this area are hard to match anywhere else in the country.

• The Willamette Valley American Viticultural Area is the largest wine producing region in Oregon. It stretches over one hundred miles, from the northern parts of Oregon (including Portland) all the way to Eugene. This area also plays host to the largest number of wineries. It includes more than three million acres of growing area for vineyards.

• The Southern Oregon American Viticultural Area is located in the southern portion of Oregon. It has around two million acres that wine can be produced. Included in this area is the Columbia Gorge AVA, which is much drier than some other areas of the state. It is also much warmer. This allows Columbia Gorge to have some unique flavors and styles of grapes which are not found anywhere else in the state.

• The Cascade Mountains border some of the wine producing regions in the northern portion of California. They produce some high quality wines and, due to the elevation, they are able to impart some unique flavors on the grapes.

Wineries in Oregon

Because of the large amount of land available for growing in Oregon, there are certainly plenty of wineries to be found. Because of the high latitude of the state, there are generally long hours during the summer during which sunlight is available for growing grapes for making wine. With over twenty thousand acres of wine producing land, there is a huge variety of grapes which are grown in this region. From the coastal areas on the western part of the state to the somewhat temperate and mountainous areas in the east, there is plenty to see in Oregon.

Given the unique climate and landscapes found in Oregon, it is a great choice for people looking to take a wine tour and experience something a little bit different. Even though this area is not typically thought of as being one of the top areas of the country in terms of wine quality, the truth of the matter is that it is exactly that. The unique terroir of many areas of Oregon provide unique flavors to the grapes which are then transferred to the wines themselves.


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