Wine Region of the Year 2016

Each year, the editors of Wine Enthusiast honor individuals, companies and regions that have made outstanding achievements and contributions in the wine industry. Our humble valley earned their prestigious Wine Region of the Year award in 2016, and the award was presented at the Wine Star Awards dinner in Miami on January 30, 2017. Fellow nominees include Provence, France; Champagne, France; Crete, Greece; and Sonoma County, California.

“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 half of all Willamette Valley vineyards are certified sustainable, making the valley the most sustainable wine region in the world. Learn a little bit about our winemaking history and plan your visit today.

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