Oregon Governor, John Kitzhaber, recently declared May 2012 Oregon Wine Month, in celebration of the state’s ever-growing wine industry. With 420 wineries and 850 vineyards, wine is part of Oregon’s identity, and is a delicious accompaniment to a Washington County getaway. Celebrate Oregon Wine Month this May by visiting the nearly 30 wineries in Oregon’s Washington County and taste a flight of locally crafted wine, from Pinot Noir to Pinot Gris, and a number of surprising varietals in between. Or celebrate at one of these fun wine events throughout the May (Mother’s Day weekend events are listed here):
- Derby Day at A Blooming Hill Vineyard, May 5, 12-5 p.m.
- Date Night at Plum Hill Vineyards, May 11, 5-8 p.m.
- Armed Forces Day at Ardiri Winery and Vineyards (Military taste free), May 13, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Third Thursday at Raptor Ridge Winery, May 17, 5-8 p.m.
- Pre-Memorial Day Weekend at Montinore Estate, May 19
- Pre-Memorial Weekend at the Vineyard at Blakeslee Vineyard, May 19-20, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Saketini Saturday at SakeOne, May 19, 11 a.m – 5 p.m.
- Anniversary Weekend Open House at Oak Knoll Winery, May 19-20, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Summer Wine Release Party at Alloro Vineyard, May 19-20
- Evening Music at Garden Vineyards, May 26, 12-10 p.m.
Oregon Wine Month winds down during the annual Memorial Day Weekend in Wine Country (countywide, hours and prices vary per winery). Various wineries throughout Oregon’s Washington County (as well as around the state) are open their doors to the public for a festive open house featuring nibbles, entertainment and tastes of new wine releases.
For more information about Memorial Day Weekend in Wine Country and a listing of participating wineries, visit these industry partners:
FUN FACT: Did you know that Oregon is the 4th largest wine-producing state in the U.S. (behind Washington, New York and California, the largest producer in the U.S.) ?