Willamette Valley Wine Country Facts (2018)

Total geographic area Acres by variety

Between Oregon's Cascade Mountain Range and the Coast Range, more than 100 miles long and spanning 60 miles at its widest point.

3,438,000 acres


Pinot noir: 15,643

Pinot gris: 3,094

Chardonnay: 1,483

Riesling: 513

Pinot Blanc: 219

Gewürztraminer: 169

Muller Thurgau: 96

All Others: 576




Typical summer/winter temperature

First Pinot noir planting

June-August hi/low: 78.3/52.2

David Lett, The Eyrie Vineyards, 1965




Typical monthly rainfall

Major soils

June-August rainfall: 1.02"

December-February rainfall: 6.4"


Marine Sedimentary: Willakenzie

Volcanic (Basalt): Jory, Nekkia

Windblown Loess (Silts): Laurelwood


Major cities and populations

Main American Viticulture Areas (AVA)

Portland: 593,820


Salem: 156,244

Corvallis: 54,674

McMinnville: 32,451


Willamette Valley AVA est. 1983

Chehalem Mountains AVA est. 2006

Dundee Hills AVA est. 2005

Eola-Amity Hills AVA est. 2006

McMinnville AVA est. 2005

Ribbon Ridge AVA est. 2005

Yamhill-Carlton AVA est. 2005


Distance to the Pacific Ocean


Willamette Valley % of Oregon production

50 miles (McMinnville to Lincoln City)


74% of planted vineyard acreage

79% of wine production

88% of Pinot noir production


Total # of:



Willamette Valley acres: 3,438,000

Vineyard Acres Planted: 30,000+

Vineyards: 1056

Wineries: 725