Oregon Wine By The Numbers

Oregon is a beautiful state with high quality, artisanal wineries, most of which produce less than 5000 cases of wine per year. To put this in perspective, Chateau Ste Michelle in Washington produces about 2 million cases each year and California’s Gallo churns out over 75 million cases with its 45 brands. Here's what you'll find there:

72 Grape Varieties

Pinot Noir is #1 with 57% of production

Pinot Gris is #2 with only 13%

Oregon is the 5th largest state in USA wine production

18 AVAs

More than 12,300 ha of grapevines

70% of wineries are small, artisanal producers

3.4 Million cases of wine sold in 2016

Approximately 725 wineries

About 500 Tasting rooms

Canada accounts for 41% of export sales

 

Grape Expectations

The climate in Oregon is similar to that of Burgundy, so it's no surprise that Pinot Noir is the star of the region with plantings of Chardonnay as well as Pinot Gris, a bit of Syrah and a few aromatic white varieties. 

It's an exciting region because of the land diversity. That means vintage variation, complexity in the wines and sub regions that showcase different wine styles. 

Each American Viticultural Area (AVA) produces something unique. There isn't just an "Oregon Style" because what you find in Chehalem AVA is not the same as what you may find in Eola-Amity Hills AVA. Soils, slopes, sunshine and precipitation vary in each sub region, therefore so do the styles and grape varieties. A Pinot Noir from Willamette will not taste the same as a Pinot Noir from Dundee Hills or Yamhill-Carlton. Each AVA has a story to tell. 

 

The Oregon Advantage

About half of all vineyards are Certified Sustainable with some  that are Organic and Biodynamic. Terrior is important in the region therefore, so is stewardship of the land. This is a very special wine region with people looking after the land with a holistic approach in order to sustain it for future generations. 

It's no surprise that in 2016, Wine Enthusiast Magazine named Oregon "Wine Region of the Year." Most of the wineries in the region produce very small amounts of wine. High volume, mass produced, quaffable wines are just not what Oregon does. What that means for the consumer is the opportunity for rare or nearly exclusive offerings. More than that it means but farmers and winemakers see to it that each and every grape and every ounce of wine has the care and attention necessary. People, not just machines, are part of the process from beginning to end. With the increased interest in Farm to Table, this is exactly what Oregon is offering.

 

A Few Favourtie Oregon Wineries

Brooks  Illahe  Love & Squalor  Foris  

Chehalem  Domaine Serene  Twill Cellars

 

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