Marine airflow exposure means that
Oregonian vineyards get hit by rains.
Most of the rain falls between
October and April, putting growers
up against a short growing season
and substantial vintage variation.
Strategically selecting grape varieties
to plant is critical. Fortunately, Pinot
Noir has a shorter growing season
than most red wine grapes.
Pinot Noir grapes.
ABOVE: Vineyards in the
Only a handful of places in the world
can grow classically elegant Pinot
Noir, and Oregon is one of those
places. Interestingly, the same
tempering ocean influence that
precludes so many red wine grapes
from ripening in many of Oregon’s
vineyards is precisely what allows
Pinot to thrive there. The region’s
propensity for Pinot has even attracted
Burgundian producers such as
Drouhin and Jadot. Oregon gets
much more summer sunshine than
Burgundy and, in July, enjoys even
more sunshine hours than California.