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Welcome to Portland Wine Tours directory of Oregon Wineries. We provide listings of Oregon’s Top Wineries and the fine tours that visit them. In addition we also offer multiple transportation options for visiting Oregon Wineries and Vineyards.  There are hundreds of high quality Vineyards and Wineries in Oregon. Customize your very own Oregon Winery Tour with Portland Wine Tours and Vineyard Tours of Oregon. From the more arid vineyards of the South such as those found near Eugene, Oregon to the lush green Wineries of the Northern Willamette Valley, Oregon is packed full of beautiful wineries that make some of the finest wines in the world.

The state of Oregon has established an international reputation for its production of wine in the past decades. Oregon has several different growing regions which are well-suited to the cultivation of grapes. Wine making in Oregon dates back to the 1840s, with Oregon Wineries beginning commercial production beginning in the 1960s.

American Viticultural Areas entirely within the state include the Willamette Valley, Southern Oregon, Umpqua Valley, and Rogue Valley AVAs. Parts of the Columbia Gorge, Walla Walla Valley, and Snake River Valley AVAs lie within Oregon. Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris are the top two grapes grown, with over 16,000 tons (14,515 metric tons) harvested in 2005. As of 2005, Oregon wine makers produced over 1.5 million cases combined.

With 303 wineries in Oregon as of 2009, a tourism industry has developed around wine tasting. Much of the tourism focuses on the wineries and tasting rooms in and around the Yamhill Valley southwest of Portland.

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Like many other wines produced in the United States, Oregon wines are marketed as varietals. Wines grown in Oregon Vineyards and produced by Oregon Wineries must be identified by the grape variety from which they are made, and for most varietals it must contain at least 90% of that variety. The exceptions to the 90% law are the following varietals: Red and White Bordeaux varietals, Red and White Rhône varietals, Sangiovese, Tempranillo, Zinfandel and Tannat. For these wines, they follow the Federal guidelines of 75%. Oregon law has long forbidden use of place names, except as appellations of origin. Oregon is most famous for its Pinot Noir, which is produced throughout the state. Pinot Noirs from the Willamette Valley have received much critical acclaim from wine connoisseurs and critics, and Oregon is regarded as one of the premier Pinot-producing regions in the world.

Pinot noir is a red wine grape variety. The name is derived from the French words for “pine” and “black” alluding to the varietals’ tightly clustered dark purple pine cone-shaped bunches of fruit.

Pinot noir grapes are grown around the world, mostly in the cooler regions, but the grape is chiefly associated with the Burgundy region of France. It is widely considered to produce some of the finest wines in the world, but is a difficult variety to cultivate and transform into wine.