Chapter 2: About the Oregon Wine Industry

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How old is Oregon’s wine industry?

The industry has grown in stages, and like any industry, has a rich history. The Hudson Bay Company established Oregon’s first vineyard in Fort Vancouver, around 1825. Pioneers planted vines in Oregon in the mid-1800s. Some of the oldest Zinfandel vines can be found near Hood River, in the Columbia Gorge, and were planted well over 125 years ago. The first winery opened in 1855. The first commercial winery opened in 1883. Present-day wineries in Oregon were first established in the late 1950s, and their numbers increased quickly in the 60s and 70s. Oregon’s wine industry typically looks to the 1960s as its birthyear, despite the state’s lengthy history.

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At what rate is Oregon’s wine industry growing?

Oregon’s wine industry has grown consistently and rapidly!

In 1995, Oregon had 92 wineries crushing grapes and producing wine.

In 2000, that number had climbed to 122.

In 2005, Oregon wineries increased in numbers to 215.

In 2010, it had increased again to 310.

As of 2016, 424 Oregon wineries were crushing grapes.

These statistics don’t include wineries that purchasing juice or participating in private production, which by some estimates in 2017 account for up to 300 additional wineries across the State.

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