Yamhill County Wine Tour 

We've chartered a bus and hope to have a great day of conversation, education, and ending with a wine tasting! We'll have the Portland folks meetup in Portland to hop on the bus, then meet folks from around the state in Newberg before we proceed with our tour of the Dundee hills vineyards. 

Goals for the event:
- LULI participants and advisors discuss the importance of the Willamette Valley wine industry to Oregon's economy and sense of place;
- LULI participants get to see first hand the conflicting uses and discuss policy solutions to address the conflicts while still supporting the wine industry;
- LULI participants get time to talk with one another while on the bus and throughout the day to get to know one another better, and also specifically about the topic of protecting vineyards, exclusive farm use, and how the issues happening locally in Yamhill County relate to statewide planning and legislation.
- Local leaders and activists have the opportunity to meet LULI participants and 1000 Friends staff to discuss how conflicts about uses on farmland play out in other areas of the state. 

Time and location:

Portland Meetup: 11am Colonel Summers Park in Portland - the SE corner of the Park at 17th and Taylor. There are bike racks and street parking for cars. Our bus will leave promptly at 11:15 so don't be late!

Newberg Meetup: 12pm at Memorial Park (address is 411 S. Howard St., located between Howard and Blaine at the intersection of  Newberg). There will be street parking along 5th and Blaine and we will meet under the covered structure on the west side of the park on Blaine.

12:30-4pm - Tour and discussions with stops at Eyrie Vineyards, Winters Hill Vineyard (including lunch and wine tasting) and Ponzi Vineyards.

Back at Memorial Park in Newberg by 4:30pm

Back in Portland by 5:30pm

 
Discussion Questions to consider:
 
- What is the role of wineries in local economic development? 
- How does urbanization impact the wine industry? 
- How far should wineries be able to go to promote their product? 
- How does Oregon's land use planning program protect vineyards? What are some of the major land use challenges the industry faces and what are some policy strategies to address these? 
 
Background info: Here's a recent video made about the origins of Oregon's wine industry that will provide some background: http://vimeo.com/17571661. Not sure why the sound is a little squeeky on this video...will try to find a new version to post soon!
 
Event Date: 
Sat, 03/10/2012 - 11:00am - 5:00pm