Wines on the US West Coast Nov 30, 2015 by Ashleigh (Awesome Escape Blogger)
With the exception of the northern portion of Oregon included in the Walla Walla Valley, a vast majority of Oregon's wines are grown in the Willamette Valley –250 wineries broken up into six different regions with their own specialties. Grapes grown here include Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Gruner Veltliner, Tempranillo, Riesling and Chardonnay.
Eugene's wineries dot the southern end of the Willamette Valley near the town of Eugene and the foot of the Cascades region. There are 13 well-known vineyards in this area as well as exciting wine tours like the Pedaling for Pinot Tour that takes guests for tastings and cycling through this part of wine country, known for its glorious Pinto Noir.
With well over 40 vineyards and wineries to explore, the Salem region of the Willamette Valley gives guests plenty to discover. The area is located around the town of Salem on the western side of the highway from Portland and features the most vineyards in one given area. Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and tons of fruit varietals and ciders are available here.