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OREGON WINE GROWERS ASSOCIATION Blending the beauty of science and art into an exquisite bottle of wine is the winemaker’s calling. Though growing grapes is indeed all about farming it is also all about science and art- the soil, the climate, the technique, the barrels, the varietals, the time, all of it labor intensive. Over the past 50 years, Oregon winemakers have become wellknown and recognized throughout the world for their handcrafted artisan wines. “Today there are more than 500 wineries in the state contributing more than $2.7 billion to the state’s economy annually,” says Charles Humble at the Oregon Wine Board. “Oregon is known for its tremendous diversity, producing exquisite cool-climate red and white wines in the Willamette Valley and warmer climate wines in Eastern and Southern Oregon.” Wineries across Oregon grow several varieties of grapes, both white and red. Well known warm weather Rhone style wines, sparkling wines, and white wines such as Pinot Gris, Riesling, and Chardonnay are bottled under various labels. About half of the states wine production is Pinot Noir. 14 and Chardonnay are bottled under various labels. About half of the states wine production is Pinot Noir. “Oregon’s most famous grape and the variety that put Oregon on the map is the Pinot Noir,” says Humble. “It is mostly grown in the northern part of the state where the cooler climate and accommodating terroir produce some of the world’s best Pinot Noir.” Oregon continues to grow in reputation and world-wide notoriety for its acclaimed wines. According to Humble, the innovative techniques and commitment of Oregon wineries brings wine lovers a highly sought after bottle that embodies the craftsmanship of winemaking while delivering a “great deal of value for the price.” “Oregon wines for many years have been reviewed with critical acclaim by the most discerning critics in the world,” said Humble. “Oregon is a distinctive region that has achieved an international reputation for quality.” For more information about the characteristic quality of Oregon wines, wine events, or to learn more about the industry, please visit www.oregonwine.org. OREGON TRAVEL AND RECREATION GUIDE