Regional Associations


Oregon is a world-class wine region with 18 approved winegrowing regions and more than 600 wineries producing 72 varieties of grapes. Oregon is blessed with some of the most diverse and beautiful wine-growing landscapes in the world. From the benchlands soaring above the Columbia River Gorge to the Willamette Valley's green, rolling hills to the high mountain valleys of Southern Oregon, there are some incredible sights to behold-and some incredible wines to taste. Below are a list of regional association that can help you plan your trip.


Central Oregon

Winegrowers Association of Central Oregon
In 2007 a group of adventurous Central Oregonians gathered and asked the question, Can we grow grapes in Central Oregon? This varied group came together with a shared desire to learn about the challenges and possibilities of growing grapes and making wine in Central Oregon. With the combined information from each other and industry experts advice in hand the group began moving forward.

By 2009 vineyards were planted, wine was being made, and the group continued to share information and evolve. On June 9, 2009 the group formalized and became the Wine Growers Association of Central Oregon (WACO).

The association has grown, grapes are being grown and quality wine is being produced and enjoyed. Yes there are challenges still ahead. There is still much to learn but remembering back to 2007 when there were questions about the possibility of establishing a vineyard and winery industry in Central Oregon, the association can now say, "yes you can to those who said you have to be a little crazy to think you can grow grapes in Central Oregon.


Eastern Oregon

Columbia Gorge Winegrowers Association
America's Most Unique Wine Region, the Columbia Gorge Growing Region (AVA) is located less than an hour east of the Portland area through some of the most amazingly scenic areas in the Northwest.

Straddling the mighty Columbia River, the Columbia Gorge growing region includes the fertile soils of both Washington and Oregon!

From the marine influenced climate of Underwood Mountain to the arid dryland of the Eastern Gorge, from Albariño to Zinfandel, the grapes and wines produced here include a spectacular selection of sweet whites and luscious reds.

Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance
Walla Walla is a valley unlike any other. Somewhere near the crossroads of textbook terroir and superior craftsmanship sits an approachable, welcoming valley unlike any other. A place where working the land demands patience and commands respect, but rewards hard work and dedication with a finished product unlike any other. 


Southern Oregon

Applegate Valley Wine Trail
Life slows a pace or two in the picturesque Applegate Valley. Small wineries with big wines can be found all along the meandering roads and rivers. Come meet our grape growers, step into their vineyards and share a glass of wine. If you haven't visited the Applegate Wine Trail, then you haven't truly experienced southern Oregon wine country.

Southern Oregon Winery Association
Surrounded by Southern Oregon's vast collection of mountains, rivers and green forests, the diverse collection of wineries are all within a 45 minute to three-hour drive from each other. The Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland and the Britt Festival in Jacksonville both feature world-class entertainment with charming bed and breakfasts and elegant hotels available nearby. Southern Oregon also features a diverse array of fine restaurants with talented chefs who often prepare locally grown cuisine to pair with the award winning wines.

Southern Oregon is full of natural treasures: Crater Lake, Oregon Caves, redwood forests, the mighty Rogue and Umpqua rivers; all are surrounded by thousands of acres of wilderness. In the past few decades, a new Southern Oregon treasure has emerged in the form of vineyards and wineries that are garnering national and international attention.

The rugged mountain valleys and diverse climates allow for a wide variety of intensely flavored wine grapes to be grown. The cooler areas of Southern Oregon produce wonderful Pinot noir, Pinot gris, Riesling, Sauvignon blanc, Chardonnay, and Gewürztraminer while the warmer, more arid regions ripen big reds such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet franc, Tempranillo, Merlot, Malbec, Dolcetto, Zinfandel, Grenache and Syrah. Many other unique varieties such as Albariño, Pinot blanc, Grüner Veltliner, Marsanne, Rousanne, Baco noir, Marechal Foch, Mourvedre, Semillon, Petite Syrah and Viognier are also grown; making Southern Oregon one of the most diverse winegrowing regions in the world.

A visit to a winery in Southern Oregon can involve much more than just tasting wine. Located in beautiful valleys with stunning vistas, a family member or winemaker may be pouring wine in the tasting room, or be nearby to share stories and special wines with you. Many wines are only available at the winery or have very limited distribution, so be sure to take some wines home to share your discovery of Southern Oregon wineries with friends and family.

Umpqua Valley Winegrowers Association
The complex topography of the Umpqua Valley, formed by the convergence of three mountain ranges of varying ages and structure, contributes to the occurrence of varied soil types and the many sub-valleys known as the Hundred Valleys of the Umpqua. The rich diversity of landscapes and climates provide a wide range of conditions needed to produce an exciting array of grape varieties. The cooler valleys allow varietals such as Pinot noir, Pinot gris, and Riesling to flourish while the warmer valleys include Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Tempranillo, and Grenache. Overall, the Umpqua Valley is among Oregon's most complex wine growing region.

The region's unrivaled natural beauty, thunderous waterfalls, covered bridges, wildlife viewpoints, as well as the warm hospitality of the locals provides an idyllic destination.


Willamette Valley

Chehalem Mountains Winegrowers
The Chehalem Mountains Winegrowers represents vineyards, wineries and their associates in the Ribbon Ridge and Chehalem Mountains AVAs (American Viticultural Areas), joined by a love of fine wine and the terrain, elevation and climate within the boundaries of a single geological miracle.

From Parrett Mountain to the south, and running northwest across Bald Peak and Ribbon Ridge, the Chehalem Mountains were formed by uplifted sedimentary seabeds, lava flows, and wind-blown silt to create the highest elevations and most diverse soils in wine country. These distinctions make our winegrowing region famous for rich, elegant and complex wines including benchmark pinot noir.

With beautiful vineyards, eclectic tasting rooms, farm-to-table restaurants and other northwest cultural and recreational places of interest just a short drive from Portland, the Chehalem Mountains and Ribbon Ridge offer something for everyone.

Dundee Hills Winegrowers Association 
The Dundee Hills Winegrowers is a community of vintners, growers and businesses that work together with a mission to promote, educate and grow the appellations reputation as Oregon's premier wine growing region. We invite you to visit and experience the brilliance that is this world-class Oregon wine destination.

The East Valley Winery Tour
Home to more than 1,500 acres of vineyard, this quarter century old wine growing region raises quality wine grapes for many of Oregon's largest wineries. The East side of the North Willamette Valley is also home to more than a dozen boutique winery experiences. The of family owned vineyards each provide their own unique environment in a touring region that has something for everyone.                 

Eola-Amity Hills
The Eola-Amity Hills (EAH) winegrowing region comprises a string of hills located nearly in the center of the Willamette Valley. These hills are coated with soils formed from ancient marine sediments, derived from massive primordial lava flows, or deposited by post-glacial floods of biblical proportions, and the hills are warmed by Oregon's long, dry summer growing season. The hills are now home to numerous vineyards and wineries producing premium wine grapes and wines that capture the unique terroirs of the EAH region.

Heart of Willamette Wineries
The small, boutique wineries of this region are friendly, family owned destinations that reflect the natural beauty and diversity of the Willamette Valley. Nestled in the foothills of the Coast Range and Mary's Peak, the sustainable vineyards enjoy one of the most favorable grape growing conditions in the valley.

The producers are dedicated to producing high quality wines at affordable prices. The region's many varietals earn numerous awards annually.  Bounded by Salem on the north and Monroe on the south, the Heart of Willamette wineries are a prime destination for wine lovers.  

Due west  of historic downtown McMinnville, home to top-notch restaurants, charming boutiques and urban wine tasting rooms lies the highly regarded McMinnville AVA.  Located in the Coast Range foothills of Yamhill County, the AVA is a sub-appellation of the all-encompassing Willamette Valley AVA.  It is here where the influences of a remarkable geological history and an ideal climate have combined to set the stage for winemakers to produce consistently world-class wines.

Dotting the pastoral countryside, the McMinnville Winegrowers Association's eight member wineries, Brittan Vineyards, Coeur de Terre Vineyard, Coleman Vineyard, J Wrigley Vineyard, Maysara Winery, Noble Pig, Yamhill Valley Vineyards and Youngberg Hill Vineyards & Inn make wine and grow grapes in this rich, agricultural environment.  Additionally, several member vineyards supply fruit to some of the most prestigious wineries in Oregon.  These include Bellevue Cross Vineyard, Hyland Vineyard, Meredith Mitchell Vineyard and Sunnyridge Vineyard to name a few.

The significant geological history has helped to shape a highly complex and varied terroir.  The story of the soils began roughly 38-55 million years ago when the Cascade Mountain lava flows and tectonic plate movements created the Coast Range Mountains.  Plate movements exposed ancient and weathered soils in the foothill regions where the AVA is located.  The lava flows created basal lava fingers, noticeable amongst marine soils in the AVA vineyards.  The soils are primarily uplifted marine sedimentary loams and silts with a base of uplifting basalt.  Harder rock and compressed sediments of basalt pebbles and stone are found under an average 20-40 inch soil depth, giving the McMinnville AVA a unique soil complexity on which to grow grapes.

In addition to the eclectic combination of soils coating our region, the climate of the McMinnville AVA helps to create optimal conditions for viticulture.  Primarily east and south facing slopes sit in a protected weather shadow of the Coast Range Mountains with rainfall less than sites 12 to 20 miles to the east.  Chilling winds are avoided in the Spring and Fall as the foothills provide continuous protection from many unstable weather patterns.  Vineyards placed on more southerly sites take advantage of the drying winds from the Van Duzer corridor, which helps control mold and mildew on the grapes during humid summer days.  During harvest, all of these conditions allow winegrowers to let their grapes hang on the vine, allowing flavors to intensify, gaining even more layers of subtlety in the finished wines.

Most importantly are the flavor profiles of the wines created by this unique growing region.  Pinot noirs exhibit concentrated flavors of blackberry, currant and cherry, rounded out by spice and earthy tones.  A strong backbone of fruit tannins and acidity add age-ability to these elegant red wines.  White wines of the McMinnvilleAVAsuch as Pinot gris, Pinot blanc and Riesling are also celebrated for their brightness, texture and fruit forwardness.

The McMinnville AVA currently has more than 600 acres of wine grapes planted and continues to grow in size.  Many wineries are open daily for tasting and others gladly accept appointments.  "Discover the Wines of the McMinnville AVA" is a unique, annual opportunity to meet the winemakers, winegrowers and taste the wines that make the McMinnville AVA. 

North Willamette Vintners
The North Willamette Vintners is a collection of wineries, vineyards, and wine tourism partners that shape the northern gateway to Oregon's wine country. Brought together by a deep passion for crafting the finest wines from the most fertile environment, our members are a diverse and dedicated group. 

From small wineries that house their wine production facilities in rustic barns, to larger vineyards with modern state-of-the-art facilities, they work together to support and advance this abundant and still-emerging wine region.  And, just minutes from Portland at the northern edge of the Willamette Valley, the area provides visitors with an outstanding wine destination experience.

Originally founded as the Wineries of Washington County, the association has grown from a small cooperative marketing group to a full service nonprofit professional association in 2008.

PDX Urban Wineries
This association of wineries produces wine in the city of Portland. That means crushing grapes and making wine in Portland from grapes grown all over the Northwest.

The members of PDX Urban Wineries make a variety of different wines, not just Pinot noir. Many make wines from grapes such as Syrah, Tempranillo, Pinot blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel, among others, as well as unique red and white wine blends.

This urban winery culture means consumers can bike, bus, cab or even walk to visit tasting rooms to sample the wines we make.          

South Willamette Wineries Association
The South Willamette Wineries Association is comprised of a group of vineyards, wineries, vintners and related businesses that are passionate about increasing the awareness, visitation and prestige of the South Willamette wine growing region. From urban wineries located in eclectic neighborhoods to rural wineries that grace the lush rolling hills, the bounties of the south Willamette Valley terroir are beautifully expressed through handcrafted, award winning wines. 

Willamette Valley Wineries Association
Known for making some of the world's best Pinot noir as well as a diversity of other cool-climate varietals, Willamette Valley wineries are dedicated to a personal, handcrafted approach to winemaking.

In addition to producing world-renowned wines, the wineries have set themselves apart through collaboration, sustainability leadership, and passionate winemaking. A sense of community and a deep connection to this beautiful place are strong throughout Oregon's wine industry.

Yamhill-Carlton AVA is home to Oregon wine industry pioneers, winegrowing veterans and the valley's friendliest natives. Pat and Joe Campbell founded Elk Cove Winery in 1974 -one of the first wineries in the Willamette Valley. They paved the way for winemakers and industry luminaries like Ken Wright, Tony Soter, Lynn Penner-Ash, Brian O'Donnell and Dick Shea, who all chose Yamhill-Carlton home to their life's work.

Perhaps the people who will leave the most lasting impression, however, are the welcoming hospitality staff who man the individual wineries, area restaurants, and local inns. The sense of community is evident in the cooperative endeavors, generous nature and gracious service. The people of Yamhill-Carlton are the heart of this breath-taking region.

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