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Oregon Pinot Noir made its celebrated entry onto the world’s wine stage at the 1979 Wine Olympics in Paris, where French wine judges couldn’t distinguish it from Burgundy Pinot Noir. Since then, Oregon’s winemakers have never looked back.
A few years later, Oregon-wide guides listed a couple of dozen wineries for the whole state. Today, Oregon has nearly 800 wineries and over 1,000 vineyards, with more than 70 grape varieties and 30,000 acres under cultivation. And yet, two-thirds of all of the Oregon wine produced is Pinot Noir — which makes Pinot Noir all but synonymous with Oregon wine. From the warm climate appellations of the southern Oregon, to the classic estates of Willamette Valley, to the cooler climate vineyards of Columbia Gorge, Pinot Noir is cultivated all over the state.
For years, the best compliment you could pay Oregon winemakers was to say their Pinot Noir was indistinguishable from Burgundy’s — and many of the state’s winemakers still make their Pinot Noir in the Burgundian style. But after 50 years of making Pinot Noir, many other Oregon wineries with a rich knowledge of the state’s diversity of soils, grape clones and vineyard sites are forging an Oregon Pinot Noir identity all its own.
Explore with us the young history, the vigorous development and the vast variety of appellations of Oregon Pinot Noir. Discover with us how the grape came to identify the state of Oregon. And taste with us the best Pinot Noirs made by the state which tastes like Pinot Noir.
Underwood Cellars Pinot Noir, 2017 $14.99
Eyrie Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2015 $39.99
King Estate Domaine Pinot Gris, 2016 $39.99
Adelsheim “Elizabeth’s Reserve” Pinot Noir, 2014 $54.99
Domaine Drouhin Pinot Noir 2015, $39.99
Lingua Franca Bunker Hill Estate Chardonnay, 2016 $49.99
Aberrant Cellars Block B3 Old Vines Pinot Noir, 2014 $54.99
Shea Wine Cellars, Shea Vineyard Estate Pinot Noir, 2014 $49.99
Cristom Estate Pinot Noir, 2014 $49.99Back to Events