Most wine grape vines in Oregon are exposed to the marine airflow of the
Pacific Ocean, which creates mild winters and relatively cool summers.
Over two thirds of the state’s vineyards are in the hilly Willamette Valley:
home to nearly 500 wineries and recognized as one of the best places
outside of Burgundy in which to grow Pinot Noir. Cool-climate white
wine grapes such as Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling and
Gewürztraminer also thrive in Willamette and in Oregon's smaller,
lesser-known wine regions.
Sunrise in the Dundee Hills,
with the ubiquitous morning
fog shrouding the vineyards.