Thanks to everyone who listened to me go on and on and on about Oregon Wine at Northwest Travel and Life Magazine’s Travel and Words Conference. (Scroll to the bottom for the Oregon travel organization links I promised or keep reading for some highlights.) I think we should have had a drinking game. Every time I said “Oregon wine” you should have taken a drink. But there isn’t enough wine in Oregon for that because as we now know…
That’s right, Oregon wine is tiny production with tremendous recognition. Only 1 out of 100 US bottles are Oregon wine. So leave those other 99 bottles of wine on the wall and pass around the award winning wines from Oregon.
Some of these wines are not highly distributed. You may not find them on the store shelves. Lucky visitors to Oregon get to discover special wines not found everywhere. It is one of the many reasons that Oregon wine country is recognized as a desirable travel destination.
And why do people love to come to Oregon? There are so many different wines to try.
Oregon wineries are mostly small family operations. Even in the fanciest tasting rooms you will often meet the winemaker, vineyard manager, or owner.
I can’t think of another wine region that does as good of a job with “wine and.” Wine and horseback riding, wine and llamas, wine and cycling, yes even wine and roses.
Thanks to the conference attendees, the partners who supplied wines for my presentation (King Estate, Willamette Valley Vineyards, Willamette Valley Visitors Association, our hosts Travel Salem and Salem Convention Center, and our organizers at Northwest Travel and Life Magazine. Thanks also to the Oregon Wine Board for supplying the research for many of my slides through generous grant from Travel Oregon.
To help you plan your trip to Oregon, here are links to travel and tourism partners across the state. Go taste some Oregon wine and tell people how great it was.