Oregon's major wine growing regions are the Willamette Valley (with its six sub-appelations), the Umpqua Valley, Rogue River Valley and Applegate Valley to the South, as well as small sections of Walla Walla and the Columbia Valley in the North.
This is where the majority of Oregon's production comes from, and most of that is from the northern Willamette Valley. The valley runs from Portland in the north to our home of Eugene in the south and stretches from the Cascade mountains in the east to the Coastal Range in the west. Pinot Noir is of course what put Oregon and the Willamette Valley on the map. Our climate is generally cool and wet which is why Pinot Noir flourishes here. Another grape varietel that the Willamette Valley is known for is Pinot Gris. The six AVA appellations within the Willamette Valley are:
In addition to the AVA appellations there is also the Oregon state appellation as well as the Polk and Yamhill county-appellations.