The Willamette Valley is defined by natural borders: with Oregon’s coast range to the west, the Cascade Mountains in the east, the Columbia River to the north, and the Calapooya Mountains to the south. The cool-climate valley derives its name from the river that winds its way through the low-lying hills and fields. Nearly 100 miles long and 60 miles wide, the Willamette Valley pervades from Portland to Eugene.
Due to the Willamette Valley’s proximity to the coast, the mild marine climate coupled with nutrient-rich, well-drained volcanic soil makes it an ideal setting for Pinot Noir to thrive. Long afternoons of sunshine, tempered by coastal breezes, keep the climate cool throughout summer.
Oregon wine facts
Oregon is the land of amazing Pinot Noir, consistently out-scoring other Pinot-producing regions with scores above 90 points.
The Dirt: The Willamette Valley’s old, volcanic and sedimentary seabed, overlaid with gravel, silt, rock and boulders brought by glacial floods and debris result in a combination of soil types.