Oregon Wine Industry Reaches New Record

Just after being named Wine Region of the Year by Snooth, Oregon's wine industry has set a new milestone: $300 million in annual sales for the first time ever.


The figure comes from a new industry report conducted by Southern Oregon University and released by the Oregon Wine Board.

According to the survey, Oregon wineries sold 2.3 million cases last year, up from 2.2 million the year before, and enough to surpass the $300 million mark. The number of operating wineries also passed the 900 mark for the first time. Overall, the Oregon wine industry has an economic impact of $2.3 billion.

Pinot noir still tops Oregon's vintages, with over 28,000 tons of grapes crushed, out of 51,364 total tons for the industry overall. Pinot gris, chardonnay, and syrah are next.

Oregon's land use system is critical to protecting Oregon's vital vineyard lands, from the Dundee Hills in the Willamette Valley, to the Umpqua River and Rogue Valley regions of Southern Oregon. 1000 Friends is proud to celebrate the wine industry's achievements with all the innovative vintners who produce such exceptional wines.

If you'd like to celebrate Oregon's wine industry and help us protect and grow it, please consider a gift to 1000 Friends through the 2013 Give!Guide. As an added bonus this year, any gift over $100 will get you a private tasting and tour with our partners at Winter's Hill Vineyard, in Oregon's famous Dundee Hills. More details here.

For more info on land use in your life and community, visit friends.org/LandUseIs.

Read more about the Oregon wine industry's accomplishments in 2012 in this story from The Oregonian.