This “V” shaped valley is bordered by the Columbia River to the north, the Calapooya Mountains to the south, the Cascade Mountain foothills to the east, and to the west by Oregon's Coast Range. The valley is 100 miles long and 60 miles wide. Around 200 Oregon wineries call it home. Because of the cool climate to be found in the valley, there are a narrower range of varietals to be found. The climate is a good match for the early-ripening Pinot Noir grape, for which the wineries in this valley are strongly identified.
Six smaller AVAs are encompassed within the larger Willamette Valley AVA; McMinnville Foothills, Dundee Hills, Ribbon Ridge, the Yamhill-Carlton District, Eola-Amity Hills District and the Chehalem Mountain.
In the northern end of the Willamette Valley is Oregon’s largest city, Portland, making it easily accessible to wine tourists. Portland is home to a lively music scene, many microbreweries, Powell’s Bookstore and much more.
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