Oregon State UniversitySpecial Collections & Archives Research Center

Oregon Wine Industry Collection, 1937-2011

Historical Note:

Wine has been produced in Oregon since the mid-19th century, but winemaking ceased in the early 20th century with Prohibition. The wine industry in Oregon remained dormat until the 1960s when several winemakers migrated north to Oregon from California and established vineyards and wineries in southern Oregon and the Willamette Valley. During the past 40-plus years, the wine industry in Oregon has grown to include 15 approved winegrowing regions with more than 300 wineries producing wines from 72 grape varieties.

The Oregon Wine Research Institute was established at Oregon State University in 2010 as a partnership among Oregon's robust wine industry, state government, and OSU's Colleges of Agricultultural Sciences and Businesss.

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