The Oregon wine region has been exciting wine professionals for a while now with over 500 wineries, seven major growing areas and 18 AVAs, six of which are located in the acclaimed Willamette Valley. In particular, you'll find amazing cool-climate Pinot Noir with a quality that's been compared with Burgundy. Approximately 60% of Oregon’s grape production is Pinot Noir, while Cabernet, Riesling and Chardonnay combined only make up 10%. The second most planted variety is Pinot Gris, representing 13% of local production. The summers are warm and dry, with cool evenings which help to preserve acidity in the grapes, resulting in the elegant and distinctly ripe character Oregon's wines are known for.