Willamette Valley named Best Wine Region of 2016

More than 50 years ago, the Willamette Valley began growing grapes

Wines produced at the Adelsheim Vineyard in Newberg, November 2016 (KOIN)
Wines produced at the Adelsheim Vineyard in Newberg, November 2016 (KOIN)

NEWBERG, Ore. (KOIN) — More than 50 years ago, the Willamette Valley began growing grapes. This area is now known as one of the best wine regions in the world.

The Willamette Valley was named Top Wine Region of 2016 by Wine Enthusiast magazine. Every year, the magazine honors individuals, companies and regions for their outstanding achievements in the wine and beverage world.

David Adelsheim of the Adelsheim Vineyard in Newberg, November 2016 (KOIN)
David Adelsheim of the Adelsheim Vineyard in Newberg, November 2016 (KOIN)

“I think there’s some significance in the sense that the Willamette Valley has sort of considered to have come of age,” said David Adelsheim, the founder of Adelsheim Vineyard. “I think this award is important because it recognizes 50 years of effort on the part of the industry and the unique aspects of this industry.”

Pinot noir produced at the Adelsheim Vineyard in Newberg, November 2016 (KOIN)
Pinot noir produced at the Adelsheim Vineyard in Newberg, November 2016 (KOIN)

There are more than 500 wineries in the Willamette Valley alone and more than 700 across the state. Wine lovers from around the world visit every day of the year.

The Willamette Valley was up against more famous locations, including 2 areas in France, Greece and the Sonoma Valley. Twice previously the Willamette Valley was up for the award.

“It’s really a recognition that people in the wine industry all over the county know about the Willamette Valley and value what we do here,” Adelsheim said.

A map of the Willamette Valley wine growing region, November 2016 (KOIN)
A map of the Willamette Valley wine growing region, November 2016 (KOIN)