Willamette Valley Pinot Noir wines are world-famous and the pride of Oregon Wine Country. Visitors from far and wide come to Yamhill County to sample this celebrated wine. There are three major factors that make Willamette Valley Pinot Noir so amazing: the climate, the soil and the dedicated winemakers.
The Willamette Valley became an official AVA (American Viticultural Area) in 1983, right after Oregon Pinot Noir first burst onto the world wine stage in the late 1970s. However, the story of excellent Willamette Valley Pinot Noir began over 10,000 years ago when ancient floods left behind the rich soil that grows the grapes today. The Willamette Valley AVA also has the climate ideal for Pinot Noir grapes. The abundant rainfall during the winter months coupled with the warm, dry summers with cool evenings creates the perfect conditions.
Today the Willamette Valley is known as one of the best wine-producing areas in the world. The winemaking community has grown to more than 700 wineries and 1,000 vineyards, and over half the wine made here is the superb Willamette Valley Pinot Noir.
The landscape of the Willamette Valley echoes the beauty and elegance of a perfectly balanced Pinot Noir. A whole vacation to Oregon Wine Country can be built around sampling the best Willamette Valley Pinot Noir wines. Wherever your wine quest takes you, the Bed and Breakfasts of Yamhill County has the perfect accommodations for your getaway. With over 20 member inns and bed and breakfasts they offer a wonderful choice of locations and amenities.