Celebrating Oregon Wine Month

Each May, we celebrate Oregon Wine Month, a month of nationwide promotions and outreach dedicated to celebrating Oregon’s vibrant wine, culture, and close-knit community. Oregon has received worldwide recognition for producing some of the world’s finest wines, many of which come from the Chehalem Mountains. 

What makes the Chehalem Mountains so special?

Although you’ll occasionally find Oregonians grumbling about the weather, Oregon’s cool climate and long growing season is perfect for cultivating wine grapes. Established as an American Viticultural Area (AVA) in 2006, the Chehalem Mountains is the closest AVA to Portland, located only 20 miles southwest. The AVA is a single uplifted landmass extending 20 miles in length and five miles wide with its highest point (also the highest point in Willamette Valley) at Bald Peak. This 1,633-foot peak affects weather for the AVA sheltering the region from winds blowing through the Columbia Gorge.

Additionally, nestled amidst steep and undulating slopes in the Chehalem Mountains, there are incredible vistas, diverse eco-systems, and a patchwork of three distinct soil types – marine, volcanic, and windblown sediment, each contributing to a spectrum of flavors and textures in the diverse range of wines. 

Of course, behind every great wine are passionate individuals, families, and teams, and Chehalem Mountains is the proud home to 250 vineyards, wineries, and tasting rooms. As we celebrate Oregon Wine Month, we invite you to raise a glass with us to the Chehalem Mountains, the remarkable diversity of its terroir, the extraordinary wines crafted by talented winemakers, and the inspiring community that makes it all possible. 

Whether you’re a seasoned wine enthusiast or just beginning your journey into the world of wine, we welcome you to the Chehalem Mountains to experience the joy and excitement of Oregon wine all year long. 

Join us in our celebration by attending one of our events or booking a tasting at one (or more!) of our member wineries. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook @chehalemmountains to join our community, hear about upcoming events, and learn about some of our member wineries.