Celebrate Oregon Wine - Skip Black Friday Crowds
In Oregon, fall is the time of bounty, harvest and celebrating the fruits of labor. There are many crops grown in Oregon and many things to be thankful for. One of which is Oregon’s Wine Country. This year marks the 36th Annual Wine Country Thanksgiving for Willamette Valley wineries. This is a fantastic weekend of celebrating, taste testing, touring and taking in the sights, smells and delights of some of the best wineries in Oregon. Skip the crowded stores and angry drivers trying to scramble around for the year’s best deals during Black Friday. Instead, leisurely roll about in the central Willamette Valley’s wine country.
Kicking off on Friday, November 23rd and going through Sunday, November 25th – 130+ wineries are taking part in this year’s celebration and event. Along with the tastings, wineries will be hosting live music, food pairings, special tastings and discounts on their products, not available in stores. This is also a special event, not to be missed because some of the wineries opening their doors to the public, usually do not offer public tastings.
Some fun facts about Oregon Wine;
- 1965, David Lett plants Oregon’s first Pinot Noir Grape Vines
- In 1983 the Yamhill County Wineries Association was formed with 11 wineries and later became known as the Willamette Valley Wineries Association
- In 1985 during the Burgundy Challenge in New York at the International Wine Center, the top 5 wines were all Oregon reds.
- 1987 and the International Pinot Noir Celebration is hosted in McMinnville Oregon
- In the year 2000, the first Oregon Pinot Camp (OPC) was held with 40 Oregon Wineries. This event has become one of America’s most celebrated wine events.
- 2005-2006, The 6 Willamette Valley sub-American Viticultural Area’s (AVA) are approved
- 2015 marks the 50th Anniversary of the first Oregon Pinot vines planted and now has more than 400 wineries and Vineyards in the area
You can book some tours of wine country and other Portland Oregon area attractions here by visiting Travel Portland’s web page.