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Oregon's fine wines

25th March 2011 Print

It's like Napa Valley before it got too big. In Oregon wine country there's still the opportunity to meet the winemakers, stroll the fields and sip rare vintages.

Here the luxury is as much about the richness of the experience as the quality of our wines, already confirmed by top wine critics from around the world. In fact, internationally renowned Riedel created the first wine glass specifically designed to pair with Oregon Pinot noir, crafted out of hand-blown French crystal.

As an example, King Estate Winery in Eugene sits atop more than 1,000 acres of prime growing fields. Home to orchards, gardens and a huge French Chateau-style winery, visitors enjoy feasting on locally grown organic produce, taking in live music, or sampling the King Estate Signature and Domaine Series world-class wines. Another legend in the world of wine is the Drouhin family, which has created an international star in their Dundee Hills estate and winery. Their Pinot noir consistently earns world-wide acclaim from both industry critics and visitors alike. One of the true pioneers of Oregon wine is the Ponzi family, which set the standard for Oregon's viticulture industry while maintaining an unwavering commitment to winemaking excellence. Open everyday to the public, visitors can sample new vintages and tour the historic and elegant grounds.

The experience goes beyond wine. Amid a backdrop of rolling hills and well groomed vines, Dundee's Black Walnut Inn is a top destination. Modeled after sun-soaked Tuscan villas, the property blends old-world architecture with modern art, providing the finest accommodations, phenomenal views and close proximity to the area's best wineries.

Recognized by Wine Spectator for its comprehensive wine list, The Jacksonville Inn in Southern Oregon provides elegant accommodations, some of the world's hardest-to-find wines and superb dining including the notable five-course Table d'Hote which features fresh seafood Stuffed Hazelnut Chicken, Northern Velvet Venison, Prime Rib of Beef Au Jus and Rack of Lamb.

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