As was the case in the majority of the country, Oregon benefited from a booming economy in the early 1900s. However, when prohibition took effect much of the progress with Oregon vineyards was tossed aside with every other form of alcohol production.
It wasn’t until the mid 1960s that wineries in Oregon began to take off. From the late 1960s to the late 2000s, Oregon experienced a serious boom in wine production and the state now enjoys a diverse amount of wineries and vineyards.
With over 400 wineries in Oregon, the state produces over 16,000 tons of fruit every year and has a multi-billion dollar industry. The two most popular grape varieties include Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris, respectively.
The amount of growth the industry has seen over the past decade is staggering, and with cities like Portland drawing more people to its neighborhoods every year, this rate isn’t likely to reduce anytime soon.
If you want to experience Oregon wineries for yourself we invite you to discover our list of the best winery tours in the state.