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Willamette Valley

AVA in the US state of Oregon; see there.

The state in the northwest of the USA with the capital Salem is located on the Pacific coast between California and Washington, but the viticulture is very different from these two states. Oregon was settled relatively late by whites, starting in 1834. Wine growing was established in the last third of the 19th century. Today Oregon is one of the largest and most important wine-growing states in the USA and is on a par with California. Oregon is also an important supplier of oak wood for American barrique barrels. European grape varieties were introduced for the first time towards the end of the 19th century. After the decline of viticulture as a result of the American prohibition (1920-1933), fruit and berry wines were the first to be produced. The pioneers of modern viticulture from the 1960s onwards are Richard Sommer with HillCrest Winery, Davit Lett with Eyrie Vineyards and Dick Erath with Erath Vineyards. Contrary to the prevailing opinion at the time, which was supported by the University of California, they successfully dared to rely entirely on European varieties....

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