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Study Cards on grown, ocean, oregon

Where is Oregon situated
  • Washington to its north
  • California to its  south
  • Pacific Ocean to its west
Willamette Valley AVA
  • Oregon's largest AVA
  • 7 sub-AVAs
  • contains 24% of all vineyards
  • over 500 wineries
  • 50 miles from Pacific Ocean
  • maritime climate
  • partly sheltered from cold wind by Coast Range Mountains
  • cool and wet autumns, but warm, dry summers with long hours of sunshine
  • diurnal range high during growing season
  • forbidden to use water from the river > for irrigation ponds on the land have to be built > expensive > few producers do irrigate
  • range of soils >
    • fertile loam in valley floors > Pinot Gris
    • marine sedimentary soils (e.g. sandstone), volcanic basalt and loess on higher altitudes
Southern Oregon AVA
More southern > warmer than Willamette
Cooling influence Ocean
Labelling wines of Oregon
  • 100% must be grown in Oregon
  • 95% must be grown in the named appellation
  • Variety on label: 90% must be in the bottle
  • Estate on bottle: 100% from estate grown and bottled
Wine business Oregon
  • 70% small family-owned wineries
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