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Willamette Valley Wins Wine Region of the Year

Oregon’s Willamette Valley Wins Wine Enthusiast’s 2016 Wine Star Award for Wine Region of the Year.


Get a glimpse into this year's Wine Star Awards Gala held in Miami Beach, FL and watch David Adelsheim accept the award on the behalf of all Willamette Valley winemakers.

A little bit about the Wine Star Awards and the Wine Region of the Year

Each year, the editors of Wine Enthusiast honor outstanding achievements and contributions in the wine industry and Oregon’s Willamette Valley earned their prestigious 2016 Wine Region of the Year award. Fellow nominees include Provence, France; Champagne, France; Crete, Greece; and Sonoma County, California.

The Willamette Valley, Oregon’s leading wine region, has over two-thirds of the state’s wineries and vineyards, and is home to nearly 500 wineries. It is recognized as one of the premier Pinot noir producing areas in the world. Other cool-climate varieties such as Pinot gris, Pinot blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling and Gewürztraminer are equally at home in the Willamette Valley.

Wine lovers worldwide are traveling to Oregon to experience our valley first hand and find our winegrowers as welcoming as our valley is beautiful. The Willamette Valley is indeed a Star."

-Jim Bernau, Founder of Willamette Valley Vineyards

While the number of wineries continues to grow, Willamette Valley winemakers haven’t lost their personal, handcrafted approach to making wine, or their desire to do things a little differently. Many winemakers in the Willamette Valley practice sustainable winegrowing techniques based on their respect for the land and desire to see future generations continue the winemaking tradition. Nearly halfof all Willamette Valley vineyards are certified sustainable, making the valley the most sustainable wine region in the world.

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