On September 14th, the Oregon Wine Board joined #winechat. The questions were fast and furious as everyone downed their Pinots!
Most people think of Pinot Noir with good reason – it’s the top planted variety with 12,406 acres planted in 2010.
Here are the next top varieties planted by acreage:
- Pinot gris: 2,747
- Chardonnay, 950
- Riesling, 798
- Cabernet Sauvignon, 639
Fun facts about Oregon wine:
- 38% of Oregon’s vineyards are certified sustainable, organic, or biodynamic
- The industry grew 93% from 2005 to 2010!
- More than 13,500 people are employed in Oregon’s $2.7 billion wine industry.
- Pinot Noir was first planted in Oregon in 1966 by David Lett. Today Willamette Valley is one of the top producers in the world.
- Like Burgundy, Willamette Valley Pinot has a fair amount of vintage variation. The 08 vintage was one for the books!
- The Willamette Valley AVA is Oregon’s largest wine region.
- Oregon grows 60% of Walla Walla’s grapes
- Riesling is Oregon’s best kept secret – Dry, acidic, juicy, refreshing. Lovely food wines. Pair with oysters on the half shell, Oregon blue cheese or some fabulous dungenous crabcakes.
- Oregon makes sparkling wine! Give it a try!
- Winemakers are starting to do some very interesting things with Pinot gris. Can’t wait to see!
- Harvest begins in Oregon in about a month. There are always worries, but the weather forecast looks like clear sailing. After a late spring, there was a fabulous end to summer. Warm and big!