The Pacific Northwest is full of life and vines! The states that make up this region enjoy cool climates, marine breezes and inland valleys. Even though there is no agreed-upon boundary, everyone knows that Washington and Oregon are the two pillars of this region. Other states that commonly make up this area are Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. This is a very exciting wine region, and in this issue of our Wine Nation Blog Series we explore the reasons why.

 

Oregon’s location means that this state has long hours of summertime sunshine. Approximately 30,000 acres of Oregonian land is dedicated to wine grapes. Although the state boasts a great many wine growing regions, it is the Willamette Valley the one that claims the title of Wine Region of the Year for 2016. This region has more than two thirds of the state’s wineries and vineyards. Almost 500 wineries find themselves at home on the Willamette Valley. Being recognized as one of the premier Pinot Noir producers in the world is also another claim to fame for this region. In your tour around this region you will find colorful vineyards and family-tended farms, chefs that cook fresh farm-to-table cuisine; you’ll discover breathtaking scenery and nature trails, and of course, taste some of the world’s finest Pinot Noir! Where do we sign up?  Find out more about the Willamette Valley here: http://www.oregonwinecountry.org/

 

Washington State has three predominant wine regions: the Yakima Valley, the Tri-City Region and the Walla Walla Valley. These regions have amazing wineries and astounding wines. Washington has been great at producing a diverse variety of wines. Starting in the 80s, when it was regarded as white wine country, the reds are now going strong. When touring all of Washington’s wine country you will be able to taste amazing Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Tempranillo. Imagine taking a horseback tour of the Yakima Valley, while staying at one of their lovely bed and breakfasts. Maybe you would prefer enjoying concert, art or dinner party events at Walla Walla’s wineries. Or if you prefer the convenience of staying in the city, while enjoying wine country, then the Tri-Cities region is for you! Whatever your preference, Washington brings it! Find out more here: http://winecountrywashington.com/

 

In a state that’s all about potatoes, wine is making a huge splash! Idaho’s elevation means that their grapes are cultivated at higher altitudes than most others in the Pacific Northwest.  Its distinct four season climate and rich volcanic soil makes their grapes thrive. Idaho’s winery growth has been steady and there are three main regions to explore: the North Wine Region, Southwest Wine Region, and the Southeast Wine Region. Most wineries here are small and cozy and its wines are starting to get national recognition. Make a trip and taste Idaho’s distinctive wine! Learn more here: http://www.idahowines.org/

 

If you like to get in on the ground floor, you may like to explore the vineyards of Montana. Wine-making here has only just begun, to a great promise! Riesling, Marquette, Petite Pearl, Foch and La Crosse has started growing here. Very exciting times for Montana’s new wine industry. Read more here: http://www.montanagrapeandwine.com/

 

Wyoming’s wine industry started in 2004 when brother, sister duo, Patrick and Amie Zimmerer won the University of Wyoming College of Business 10K Business Plan Competition. That win gave birth to Table Mountain Vineyards. Since then, two more wineries have joined the Zimmerers in Montana. Although three vineyards hardly classifies and a wine region, it’s the beginning of a promising journey! So next time you visit Yellowstone National Park, take a detour and sip some of the country's newest wine! Plan a trip to Table Mountain here: http://wyowine.wixsite.com/2015


The Pacific Northwest Region is beautiful, exciting and promising. From established and flourishing wine regions in Oregon and Washington, to brand new American wine in Montana and Wyoming, this region has something for everyone! Our Wine Nation Blog series is winding down after travelling through many of this country’s regions. Make sure you stay tuned as we continue our tour through the flavors and colors of American wine.