Willamette Valley AVAs (the sub-regions)
Located in the Willamette Valley, the famous wine-growing region in Oregon, My Chauffeur has various tour destinations to offer to its guests. Known as 'The Wine Routes,' these tours will take visitors to the famous vineyards in and around the North Willamette Valley & beyond.
The Willamette Valley is a wide south-to-north oriented valley on the eastern side of the Coast Range and western side of the Cascades of Oregon. The mountains act as a slight buffer to the ragingly cold Oregon coast but the valley still experiences some of the wettest conditions of any wine region. So where are the good spots where the best wine grapes grow?
Q: What does Oregon Pinot Noir Taste like?
If I had to pick only two words to describe Oregon Pinot Noir it would be ‘cranberries’ and ‘earth’. The rustic quality of Oregon Pinot Noir doesn’t always appeal to California wine enthusiasts who enjoy fruit-forward wines. So be warned, you’re entering a different world. Oregon red wines are nuanced, subtle, with high acidity that don’t always explode with lusty fruit.
Two words: Cranberries & Earth
The Willamette Valley has been carved up into several sub-AVAs that are noted for their ability to ripen Pinot Noir perfectly. There are 6 sub-AVAs within the Willamatte Valley AVA. Let’s check out what makes ‘em unique and what wines you might check out as a banner example of that sub-region.
Q: What Does Oregon Do Best?
Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay
Q: How do I seek out the best Oregon Pinot Noir?
Take a moment to understand the Willamette Valley by reading about each region below. Then pick a sub-region that fits your personal style and give it a whirl! You can either try an affordable ($20) bottle from a good vintage (say 2012) or expect to spend above $40 for something fantastic. If you’re overwhelmed with choices, feel free to find me here for specific recommendations.
Original Source: Learn About Oregon Wine Country | Wine Folly
The Wine Routes:
N. Willamette Valley
Columbia R Gorge
** Q: Why does Oregon Pinot Noir have such a wide range of tastes?
Oregon is dank and highly dependent on weather year in and out. So where the grape grows really matters. There are three major influences on the taste of Oregon Pinot Noir: