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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.