The Willamette Valley is Oregon's largest American Viticultural Area (AVA), stretching 150 miles north to south from the Columbia River to Eugene and 60 miles east to west. It has the largest number of wineries and vineyards of any Oregon AVA and includes six sub-appellations: Dundee Hills, Eola-Amity Hills, McMinnville, Ribbon Ridge, Yamhill-Carlton, and Chehalem Mountain.
The Willamette Valley is known for a mild climate with cool, wet winters and warm, dry summers, which makes the area ideal for cool climate grapes, including the region's most predominant varietal, Pinot noir. Other common varietals in the region include Pinot gris, Chardonnay, and Riesling.
For more information:
Browse the Oregon Wine History Archive – Willamette Valley Collections:
- Land Use Planning Maps: David Adelsheim Collection
- Oral History Interviews: David Adelsheim Collection
- Erath Winery Documents
- Erath Winery Photos
- Erath Winery Wine Labels
- Oral History Interview: Erath Winery
- Oral History Interviews: Sokol Blosser Winery
- Sokol Blosser Documents
- Sokol Blosser Winery Image Galleries
- Oral History Interviews: The Eyrie Vineyards
- The Eyrie Vineyards Documents
- The Eyrie Vineyards Photos