We love our winemakers and their unique wines all year in Oregon, but we celebrate them especially in May, Oregon Wine Month. These days, even if the wine tasting is just at home — but that doesn’t make it any less special.
What Makes Tualatin Valley Wine So Good
Tualatin Valley is known for its diversity of varietals that keep wine lovers coming back. Pinot Noir may have put the region and the state on the wine map, but there’s so much more here.
Along with Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris, Tualatin Valley winemakers are producing Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Chardonnay, and the seasonal Rosé, at more than 30 wineries. Tualatin Valley also is home to many wines not often found in the United States, such as Auxerrois, Arneis and Lagrein.
This region is able to produce such a wide variety of wines thanks to its geography and climate. Tualatin Valley wineries are in the Willamette Valley AVA and Chehalem Mountains AVA. The Chehalem Mountains AVA features all three important soil types: basaltic, ocean sedimentary and loess (blown lake bed sediment).
Two new sub-Area Viticultural Areas currently are under consideration by the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. If approved, these two new AVAs (nested in the Willamette Valley)–Laurelwood and Tualatin Hills–will be situated in the Tualatin Valley. Both AVAs are notable for their Laurelwood soils, which differentiates the vineyards in this area from the different soil types found in other parts of the Willamette Valley.
Willamette Valley vintners tend to their grapes with great care, and nurture them—and the environment—by adhering to sustainable practices such as dry farming and using natural pesticides. Several wineries also have special recognition for their sustainability efforts. Montinore Estate and Cooper Mountain Vineyards are Demeter-certified bio-dynamic and organic while Apolloni Vineyards and Ponzi Vineyards are LIVE certified.
Celebrate Oregon Wine Month at home
While visiting a tasting room or touring a vineyard is off the table this May, you can still enjoy wine and honor the spirit of wine country from home. Tualatin Valley’s 30 wineries are offering online orders, curbside pickup, delivery and shipping options to get bottles into wine lovers’ hands. Many also have special deals and offers during this time, as well as virtual events and activities.
Learn more about Oregon Wine Month