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Willamette Valley, Dundee, Oregon.

Wine Getaway: Oregon Wine Country

June 17, 2009
by Sarah Amandolare
A trip to Oregon Wine Country in the Willamette Valley is a worthwhile excursion for any traveler. The area’s winding roads take you through culturally rich small towns where you’ll find covered bridges, farmer’s markets and vineyards galore.

The Willamette Valley

Once the warm weather arrives, the Willamette Valley brims with signs of growth: fresh produce at roadside stands, cyclists enjoying the “flat terrain and temperate climate,” and residents taking in the culture and energy of college towns like Corvallis and Eugene, according to Travel Oregon. The Willamette Valley is officially known as Oregon Wine Country, boasting more than 200 wineries that produce “a medley of vintages—Pinot noir, Pinot gris and Riesling,” among others.

Mapping Your Journey

If you’re new to Oregon varieties of wine, have a look at the wine reviews on Each review covers the basics, such as type of