2013 News Releases

owb_industry_and_business_iconOregon wine industry growth continues in 2012
Nov. 13, 2013 – The number of Oregon wineries topped 500 and production exceeded 50,000 tons, according to the 2012 Oregon Vineyard and Winery Census Report that was released today by the Oregon Wine Board (OWB). The annual report is produced for OWB by the Southern Oregon University Research Center.

owb_events_iconOregon Wine Symposium Set for Feb. 25-26 in Portland
Oct. 28, 2013 – The largest gathering of Oregon’s wine industry is set for Feb. 25-26, 2014, at the annual Oregon Wine Symposium. The annual event is held in Portland at the Oregon Convention Center.

owb_industry_and_business_iconOptimism running high as picking begins in Oregon
Sept. 11, 2013 – The wine grape harvest is officially under way at many of Oregon’s 463 wineries and 849 vineyards as the state’s industry looks forward to one of its earliest and most promising harvests in years.


owb_awards_iconOregon receives wine consumer group’s top ranking
Aug. 8, 2013 — Oregon received the No. 1 ranking in the nation for its friendliness to wine consumers, according to a report released yesterday by the American Wine Consumer Coalition. Oregon was one of only six states whose regulatory environment received an A+ rating in AWCC’s annual state-by-state report card.

owb_food___wine_iconOregon wines fly free on Alaska Airlines this fall
July 23, 2013 – Fall is a great time to visit Oregon Wine Country. And this year, enjoying Oregon wines once you get home just got easier thanks to a partnership with Alaska Airlines, the Oregon Wine Board (OWB) and Travel Oregon.

owb_industry_and_business_iconOregon Wine License Plate Sales Top 6,000 Mark
May 15, 2013 – Oregon’s Wine Country license plate turns a year old today and it’s turning into a big hit with Oregonians who have placed more than 6,000 sets of the specialty plates on their vehicles in the first year.

owb_events_iconState’s wineries ready for Oregon Wine Month
April 25, 2013 — Oregon’s 450-plus wineries are preparing to kick off Oregon Wine Month, a month-long focus on the state’s $3 billion industry next week. Dozens of promotions, tasting and other activities are planned by wineries and wine retailers in the state, culminating in the annual Memorial Day Weekend Open House when most of the state’s wineries are open for public tastings.

owb_industry_and_business_iconElkton Oregon designated state’s 17th AVA
Feb. 7, 2013 — Elkton Oregon became the state’s newest American Viticultural Area after receiving approval from the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau this week. The new Elkton Oregon AVA is entirely contained within the Umpqua Valley AVA, which is entirely within the Southern Oregon AVA. Oregon has a total of 17 AVAs.

owb_people_iconOregon Wine Board names two new directors, officers Bartholomew elected Chairwoman; Thomson, Valot join OWB/OWA as directors
Jan. 9, 2013 – Gov. John Kitzhaber has appointed two new directors to the Oregon Wine Board (OWB) and reappointed two current directors to new terms. Both Steve Thomson of King Estate Winery and Juan Pablo “JP” Valot of Silvan Ridge Winery were appointed to three-year terms. Leigh Bartholomew of Archery Summit and Dominio IV winery and Michael Donovan of RoxyAnn Winery were re-appointed to new terms.