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I have been reading books (the few I can find) about Oregon Wine Country, and the couple that I have read say that wineries are only open Memorial Day to Thanksgiving. Is this true?

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    1. re: JillO

      thanks JillO! I somehow missed this earlier on my post. i was just freaking out now that I have booked the trip!

    2. Since you have plenty of time before your trip, drop by http://www.willamettewines.com/ and ask for a copy of their brochure. It has a nice map, hours and contact info for most Willamette Valley wineries.

      1. Are we now destined to have only Willamette Valley Wineries
        defined as "Oregon Wine Country"?

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        1. re: bbqboy

          Not with some of the very tasty Tempranillos and other interesting wines coming from Southern Oregon. Just that Portland gets more visitors and folks tend to go close by.

          Also, not with the bazillion new AVA designations, I would think! ;o)

          It's just that the poster specified Yamhill Co. in his first post/thread, I think.

          I feel ya though...

        2. I agree with you JillO, but I'm wondering if Oregon needs to do a better job of advertising the Wine Industry as a whole. Or maybe it's just inevitiable, as you say, that most visitors will trend towards Portland. Most queries seem to have a
          General "I want to visit Wine Country" plea, sort of expecting a
          Napa Valley type of experience. I'm not sure that's what Oregon should strive towards, but for sure outside of Oregon there's just a vague notion of "Wine Country". I've no solution, just noting the trend.

          1. Marketing of the wine region has not been one of the strengths of the Oregon Wine Board, or of the wineries themselves. They are not as well-oiled as the marketing machines of the California regions, but with that they have retained more of the charm and unpretentious accessibility to the public.

            Here is site for a representation of Willamette Valley wineries: http://www.winesoforegon.com/north-wi...

            While you will find a number of varietals, I am sure you are familiar with the climate and latitude the region shares with Burgundy. So you will enjoy an immense amount of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. There are so many from which to choose. The Rogue and Applegate valleys are becoming known for their Pinot Gris/Grigio. Should you wish a local's advice, stop by Liner and Elsen Wine Merchants on NW 23d Street. Bob can provide suggestions of who/where to visit to make your trip memorable.

            1. thank you so much for your help SanseiDesigns!