2015 News Releases

owb_events_iconOregon Wine Symposium to Feature Session on Wine Business
Dec. 16, 2015 – The Oregon Wine Board will host the 2016 Oregon Wine Symposium on Feb. 23-24 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. The Symposium is expected to gather 1,400 attendees from across the Northwest wine community. Attendees will have an expansive educational opportunity to learn from world renowned wine industry experts covering topics from business and marketing to viticulture and enology.

owb_events_iconRegistration Open for the 2016 Oregon Wine Symposium
Nov. 18, 2015 – The Oregon Wine Board announced today that registration is open for the 2016 Oregon Wine Symposium, the premier educational event and trade show for the Northwest wine community. Scheduled for Feb. 23-24 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, the Symposium is comprised of two full days of panel discussions and presentations covering the most relevant topics in viticulture, enology and wine business.

owb_food___wine_iconNominations open for 2016 Oregon Wine A-List Awards
Sept. 1, 2015 – Public nominations open today for the 2016 Oregon Wine A-List Awards, which honor restaurants that do an exceptional job of offering and promoting Oregon wine on their wine lists. Anyone who wishes to make a nomination for a restaurant or for Wine Director of the Year can do so until Nov. 1 at oregonwinealist.com.

owb_food___wine_iconOregon Wine Board becomes sponsor of Feast Portland
Aug. 26, 2015 – The Oregon Wine Board (OWB) announced today that it is a sponsor of the annual Feast Portland event, Sept. 17-20. OWB will be a sponsor at Smoked!, Feast’s sold out marquee Saturday night event on Sept. 19.

owb_industry_and_business_iconOregon wine industry continues record-setting pace
Aug. 17, 2015 – Oregon’s wine industry continues the strong momentum of recent years in 2014 as overall production in the state jumped an impressive 39% to more than 78,000 tons, according to the 2014 Oregon Vineyard and Winery Census Report released today by the Oregon Wine Board (OWB). It marked the third straight year of double digit production gains. The annual census was conducted by Southern Oregon University Research Center (SOURCE). 

owb_events_iconThere’s Something For Everyone During Oregon Wine Month
Apr. 21, 2015 — Oregon’s 605 wineries are ready to pop some corks in celebration of Oregon Wine Month. Starting May 1, tasting rooms, wine bars and restaurants will be hosting special events and promotions to honor Oregon’s thriving wine industry, which contributes $3.35 billion in economic impact to the state annually and generates more than 17,000 jobs.

owb_industry_and_business_iconOregon Wines Fly Free Extended through 2017
April 3, 2015 — Due to its overwhelming success, the Oregon Wines Fly Free program has been extended through 2017. The program encourages visitors traveling from Oregon on Alaska Airlines to bring a taste of Oregon home with them by checking a case of Oregon wine for free. Through collaboration between the Oregon Wine Board, Travel Oregon and Alaska Airlines, Oregon was the first state to launch a statewide wines fly free program in September 2013. Today, more than 300 Oregon wineries participate.

owb_events_iconHow Will You Celebrate Oregon Wine Month?
Mar. 23, 2015 — What happens when 600 wineries throw a month-long party in May? You have Oregon Wine Month! It’s not too early to start planning your 2015 Oregon Wine Month activities. Spring is in the air, grapevines are waking from their winter dormancy and throughout the state Oregon’s wine world beckons with a wide variety of enticing events. How will you celebrate the diversity of Oregon wine?

owb_people_iconOregon Wine Industry Awards Its Highest Honors to Industry Leaders – Lifetime Achievement, Founders and Industry Service Award Recipients Named
Mar. 3, 2015 — The Oregon Wine Board (OWB) gave its highest honors to the state’s wine industry leaders on Feb. 24 at the annual Oregon Wine Industry Awards Dinner. The Founders Award was given to Jim and Loie Maresh of Maresh Red Hills Vineyard in the Dundee Hills. Earl and Hilda Jones, owners of Abacela in Roseburg, were presented the Lifetime Achievement Award. The Outstanding Industry Service Award was conferred on Chad Vargas, vineyard manager at Adelsheim Vineyard. The honorees were nominated by their peers for their extraordinary contributions to the Oregon wine industry.

owb_food___wine_iconJoel Palmer House Named 2015 Oregon Wine A-List Restaurant of the Year; Andy Zalman Wins Wine Director of the Year
Feb. 25, 2015 — Top honors for the 2015 Oregon Wine A-List Awards were announced last night at the Oregon Wine Industry Awards Dinner. The 2015 Oregon Wine A-List Restaurant of Year award was given to The Joel Palmer House of Dayton, Ore., to honor their singular support of Oregon wine. The Oregon Wine A-List Wine Director of the Year award was given to Andy Zalman of Higgins Restaurant in Portland, Ore., for his sustained support and advocacy of the wines of Oregon.

owb_industry_and_business_iconOregon Wine Symposium Delivers Business Insights for the Wine Industry
Feb. 10, 2015 — Delivering useful business information will be a key focus of the 2015 Oregon Wine Symposium held Feb. 24 and 25 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. The Symposium offers attendees a rich menu of seminars and speakers on topics of vital interest to all segments of the Oregon wine industry, from business and marketing to viticulture and enology.

owb_industry_and_business_iconTTB Approves New AVA: The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater
FEB. 6. 2015 – The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) today announced it will establish The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater as the newest American Viticulture Area (AVA) on Monday, Feb. 9. The AVA is situated on an alluvial fan of the Walla Walla River, where the river exits the foothills of the Blue Mountains and enters the Walla Walla Valley. It lies entirely within the state of Oregon and includes part of the town of Milton-Freewater.

owb_events_iconOregon Wine Symposium Offers Timely and Relevant Viticulture and Enology Technical Sessions
Feb 4, 2015 — Providing new perspectives on key issues in viticulture and enology is an important aspect of the 2015 Oregon Wine Symposium held Feb. 24 and 25 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland.

owb_industry_and_business_iconOregon’s Wine Industry Contributes $3.35 Billion To State’s Economy
Jan. 19, 2015 – The Oregon wine industry continues to substantially grow its contribution to the state’s economy according to a study released by the Oregon Wine Board today. In 2013 the sum of all economic activity in the state related to Oregon wine was more than $3.35 billion, a 28% growth in the economic impact of wine in Oregon since the last study, in 2010.

owb_food___wine_icon2015 Oregon Wine A-List Award-Winning Restaurants Revealed 
Jan. 6, 2015 – The Oregon Wine Board, in association with Oregon Wine Press, has revealed the 2015 Oregon Wine A-List Award-winning restaurants. The Oregon Wine A-List Awards pay tribute to restaurants that display a superior commitment to presenting and promoting the diverse wines of Oregon.