Oregon Wine Country...
An Amazing Place
The Pacific Northwest is a relatively young
wine growing region, and it's been only a couple of decades since it's become
prominent on the world stage. Oregon wines are still considered to be scarce on
the world market, and are considered rare, as you can put the entire Oregon
production (about 15,000 acres) at about the same as one mid-sized California
winery. However this is changing, as it's estimated that there is the potential
of 100,000 acres of quality vineyards in the future.
"The pioneers of Oregon Pinot Noir arrived in
the Willamette Valley in the late 60's and early 70's. They recognized
that the nourishing volcanic and ocean sedimentary soils, and the climate were
perfect for cool climate viticulture. As the vineyard landscape was slowly
burgeoning, early events and successes within the budding industry began
to illuminate Oregon as an emerging world class wine growing region.
Oregon has come
of age and is the premier Pinot Noir wine growing region in the world! We
feel no other area in the world, except Burgundy France, has a climate as ideal
for producing this complex, elegant red wine.
This cool climate region is also known for its Pinot gris,
Riesling, and Chardonnay and many other white wines.
Other delicious red wines include Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon,
Syrah, Zinfandel and others.
was named an American Viticulture Area (AVA) in 1984,
and now has
6 other AVAs.
The Valley and the
charming towns will embrace you with extraordinary hospitality. It's the way the
Wine Country used to be -- Un-crowded and Unpretentious. Authentic wine, food,
Oregon's Willamette Valley is a small-scale winemaking environment,
reminiscent of the village-strewn landscape of Burgundy, where the
winemakers who tend their own vines and live next door to their vineyards
are called vignerons. . .
Willamette Valley is full of vignerons...(pronounced vēn-ye-rōn).
concept of a vigneron,” says Gypsy Dancer Estates owner Gary Andrus, "... is someone who grows his grapes, picks his
rootstocks, picks his clones, picks his spacing, picks his
techniques—biodynamic or organic or sustainable
or “nuked”:---and he makes those decisions and then executes that decision
inside the cellar. That’s because he wants to make the wine that’s in
his own mind. It’s his wine. The greatest---or the
worst.” Oregon's Willamette Valley is full of vignerons.
Most of the wineries sit amid their own vines
giving the winemaking teams’ total control over their fruit from beginning
to end. Daily access to their vineyards allows them to respond to changing
conditions throughout the year. It also allows them to work quickly during
crush; the fruit is picked and processed the same day. The wineries goal is
to express in their wine the unique character of their place, or terrior, to
have in the bottle be a direct reflection of what their land gives them."
'The concept of a vigneron',
Dancer Estates owner Gary Andrus, 'is someone who grows his grapes, picks his
rootstocks, picks his soil
picks his clones, picks his spacing, picks his techniques--LIVE,
sustainable or 'nuked' using
Modern or Historic winemaking techniques--and
he makes those decisions and executes that decision inside the cellar. That's because he wants to make the wine that's in his own mind. It's his
wine--the greatest--or the worst'. The Willamette Valley is full of vignerons.
Oregon has a reputation for producing world class wines. Principal
and Pinot Gris. Other reds include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Zinfandel;
other whites include – Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Blanc,
Sémillon and Gewürztraminer.
Our selection of tours are designed to encompass the best of Oregon's wine
industry. Packages are intended for independent travel groups.
Intensify your wine knowledge. We
will personally take you on a limousine tour of the wineries and vineyards, providing
into historical and modern wine making techniques. Join us, explore and
taste the fine wines of the more than 150 wineries in the North Willamette
wine-filled oak barrels in the caves at Archery Summit.
We want to share the best and
most intimate parts of our culture,
so you will experience the true feeling of Oregon and its world of wine. You
will meet the people who make the wine, in the land on which it is made.
North Willamette Valley Vineyard Sightseeing Route is an invitation to learn
about the "real" wine region and people, where one desires to linger.
With its gentle, green landscapes, as varied as the lands in France, this
route will lead you to various wine cellars.
Specializing in unique wine
and food experiences.
We will individually plan your tour for one or many...for 4-hours or 4
days.....across states and regions, anywhere in Northern Oregon / Southwest
Washington, arranging all winery visits, accommodation, tours, fine dining
and tasting menus, plus event bookings. You will be treated to personal
meetings with winemakers, reserve & cave tasting and the opportunity to make
exclusive cellar door purchases. Start your tour planning now, for this
once-in-a-lifetime opportunity with My Chauffeur, obligation free.
Right, Mattey House Inn,
McMinnville, one of many B&B's in the wine country
Oregon has long been
considered an ideal place to grow grapes.
The Oregon wine region began during the 1840s, when Italian and Swiss
immigrants began planting wine grapes, from vines brought there via the
Oregon Trail, and bottling wine. And in 1860, for example, those mature
vines produced a whopping 2600 gallons of wine. Like so many wine
regions, Oregon's wine industry was suppressed during Prohibition, only to
emerge as a productive wine-growing region in the mid-1970s. Today, thanks
to its ideal climate and the innovations of new enology, Oregon is the home
of extraordinary wines - the traditional strong wines as well as the new,
modern, fresh and fruity wines. Both truly express the extremely varied
Our aim is to enlighten the wine holidaymaker,
by offering advice and knowledge throughout the tour. These individual Wine
Holidays are designed for both amateur and the experienced wine connoisseur
alike, who wish to learn more and accept excellent advise when purchasing tax-free wines to bring home.