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Photo © Wollertz OREGON WINE It's no secret that Oregon has garnered international as well as worldwide attention for its wine production. Several regions within the state are ideal for the cultivation of grapes, and winemaking in Oregon dates back to the 1840’s. The best known winemaking regions include the renowned Willamette Valley, Southern Oregon, Umpqua Valley, and Rogue Valley. Other regions, such as Columbia Gorge, Walla Walla Valley, and Snake River Valley span the state lines of Washington and Idaho. 10 Among the grapes harvested are Pinot noir and Pinot gris, both of which are the most popular varieties of wine in the state. Pinot noirs from the Willamette Valley have been critically acclaimed, and Oregon is regarded as one of the best Pinot-producing regions in the world. Oregon is home to approximately 300 wineries and over 700 vineyards. With over 70 varieties of grapes, it should come as no surprise that wine tasting has influenced much of the tourism to the state. After Pinot noir and Pinot gris, the top varieties of wine produced in Oregon are Chardonnay, Merlot, and Riesling. Other varieties with significant production include Cabernet Sauvignon, Gewurztraminer, Muller-Thurgau, Pinot blanc, Sauvignon blanc, Semillon, and Syrah. Aside from wine grape production, Oregon is also a top U.S. producer of blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, sweet cherries, strawberries, and cranberries, all of which are suitable for wine production. • Oregon is home to approximately 300 wineries and over 700 vineyards OREGON TRAVEL AND RECREATION GUIDE