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WINERY ORGANIZATIONS: OREGON

Whether you want trendy downtown, secluded desert, snowy mountain, dramatic coast or rolling wine country, you’ll find it in Oregon. The state’s seven regions cover the gamut from sea level to the tip of Mount Hood. Citygoers will love strolling Portland’s happening Pearl District, while adventurers will be happiest traveling by kayak, snow shoe, mountain bike or river boat.

Applegate Valley Wine Trail
This beautifully scenic trail lies between Jacksonville and Grants Pass along Highway 238. Applegate Valley runs through the countryside for 50 miles and produces Chardonnay, Syrah and red Bordeaux varietals rather than the Pinot Noir typically seen throughout most of Oregon.

Northwest Wine Coalition
This coalition incorporates over 360 wineries and aims to give wineries from Washington, Oregon and Idaho a stronger presence in the international wine market. It was founded in 1990 as a nonprofit organization and has since been helping to increase the exports and success of these regions.

North Willamette Vintners
The North Willamette Vintners is a nonprofit professional association located at the Northern Willamette Valley. It brings together wineries, vineyards and tourism partners to support and advance Oregon's wine region.

Oregon Chardonnay Alliance
Oregon Chardonnay Alliance is coalition of early vintners in the Willamette Valley who didn't give up on growing Chardonnay when many believed it to be lackluster and inferior to other wines. Through critique of each other's wines and by working together to develop inventive new methods, members of this alliance are devoted to ensuring the success of Chardonnay.

Oregon Pinot Gris
After Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris is the second most planted wine grape varietal in Oregon. This group of Pinot Gris-producing wineries aims to raise awareness and show the diversity and complexity of this versatile and food-friendly wine.

Oregon Wine Advocacy Council
This council is a non-profit membership association for the Oregon wineries and vineyards. OWA conducts legal and lobbying advocacy work on behalf of the industry to ensure a positive business, social and economic environment for the production and sale of Oregon wines.

Oregon Winegrowers Association
Composed of voluntary members, the Oregon Winegrowers Association provides legislative support and acts as the voice and source of advocacy for the Oregon wine and grape industry. It works to provide a favorable environment for its winegrowers by managing key industry issues.

Rogue Valley Winegrowers Association
This organization brings together those affiliated with the 1.15 million acres and about 150 vineyards of Rogue Valley by producing yearly industry reports, offering seminars to continue education on the world of wine and listing upcoming events hosted by its participating vineyards.

Southern Oregon Winery Association
This association brings together the SOWA Regions: Applegate Valley, Illinois Valley, Rogue Valley and Umpqua Valley. Its website offers information on tours, accommodations, restaurants and shopping.

Willamette Valley Wineries Association
The WVWA is a non-profit industry association dedicated to achieving recognition for Oregon's Willamette Valley as a premier Pinot Noir-producing region. Currently, the WVWA has 194 members representing wineries and tasting rooms throughout the Willamette Valley region — from Portland to Eugene. The WVWA also publishes an annual guide to wineries with a touring map.

Wine Press Northwest
Wine Press Northwest is a quarterly magazine with a focus on Washington, Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia’s winemakers and the wineries, vintners and restaurants that showcase Northwest wines.

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(Updated 05/24/13 BH)

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