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.
As of 2016, Oregon has 424 wineries.
Oregon produces more than 39 different varietals.
(Source: the Oregon Wine Advisory Board)
In 2015, total acreage in Oregon was 28,034 acres.
In 2016 the top five varieties produced in Oregon were:
- Pinot noir 17,744 acres
- Pinot gris 3,705 acres
- Chardonnay 1,482 acres
- Riesling 713 acres
- Cabernet Sauvignon 626 acres
(Source: the Wikipedia)
In 2015, Oregon wine sales yielded 3,000,000 cases, worth an estimated $470 million.
Compare this to 2001, in which Oregon wine sales yielded 1,082,058 cases, worth an estimated $195 million.