3 Reasons Why Willamette Valley Pinot Noir Is So Amazing

3 Reasons Why Willamette Valley Pinot Noir is so Amazing

Pinot Noir Sign On Grape Vines for Willamette Valley Pinot NoirWillamette 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.

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Come Explore The Wineries Of Dundee Hills

Come Explore the Wineries of Dundee Hills

Wineries of Dundee HillsThis spring, come discover the roots of Oregon Wine Country while exploring the wineries of Dundee Hills. Back in 1965, David Lett probably didn’t know he was pioneering the Willamette Valley wine industry, but when he chose the Dundee Hills to plant the first Pinot Noir, it turns out he launched what is now known worldwide as a vibrant winemaking community.

The world really started to notice when his Pinot Noir beat more established French labels in the Gault-Millau French Wine Olympiades. Other winemaking trailblazers in the Willamette Valley included the Sokol Blosser and Erath family. Eyrie Vineyard, Sokol Blosser, and Erath all have welcoming tasting rooms. Visit all three wineries while touring the Dundee Hills, and taste the origins of Oregon wine this spring. 

You may come to the Dundee Hills to taste the world-class wines, but while you’re here you’ll enjoy the views of rolling vineyards and distant mountain peaks. This area also benefits from residing in a rain shadow, creating a dryer, sunnier climate; an enjoyable place to be in an otherwise rainy northwest spring. The Bed and Breakfasts of Yamhill County make an Oregon wine getaway easy to plan. With over 20 member bed and breakfasts, visitors will find the perfect fit for their ideal vacation. There are several beautiful Inns within the Dundee Hills area, each perfect for a wine tasting getaway. Find your favorite Inn, and book your getaway today!

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