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Along with Washington and Idaho, Oregon makes up the region known as the Pacific Northwest. Although grapes were planted here in the nineteenth century, most of the vineyards were abandoned during PROHIBITION. It wasn't until the early 1960s that Oregon was viewed as a promising site for vineyards, particularly for cooler climate varieties like RIESLING, which Richard Sommer planted at his Hillcrest Vineyard in 1961, and PINOT NOIR, which has become this state's most celebrated grape. David Lett of Eyrie Vineyard first demonstrated the promising marriage of Oregon and Pinot Noir with his 1975 vintage, which showed extremely well in a 1979 BLIND TASTING with a number of wines from BURGUNDY. Today, Pinot Noir, Riesling, and CHARDONNAY are Oregon's most popular grape varieties, followed by PINOT GRIS. Other grapes planted in small amounts include CABERNET SAUVIGNON, GEWÜRZTRAMINER, MÜLLER-THURGAU, SÉMILLON, and ZINFANDEL. The best growing areas are located between the coastal range to the west and the Cascade Mountains to the east, running from north of the city of Portland to the south. The WILLAMETTE VALLEY AVA is in the northern portion, starting north of Portland and stretching to just south of Eugene. The UMPQUA VALLEY AVA is just south of the Willamette Valley and encompasses the towns of Umpqua and Roseburg. There's a smaller area, Rogue Valley AVA, just before the California border and west of the towns of Medford and Ashland. Although primarily associated with the state of Washington, parts of both the COLUMBIA VALLEY AVA and WALLA WALLA AVA extend into northern Oregon. Other Oregeon wineries (there are over seventy) include Adelsheim, Amity, Bethel Heights, DOMAINE DROUHIN (by the Drouhins of Burgundy), Elk Cover, Henry Estate, Knudsen-Erath Winery, Laurel Ridge, Montinore Vineyards, Panther Creek, Ponzoi, Rex Hill, Sokal Blosser Winery, Tualatin Vineyards, and Yamhill Valley Vineyards. In Oregon a VARIETAL WINE must contain at least 90 percent of the named variety, except for Cabernet Sauvignon, which needs only 75 percent. Wines labeled with a named region must contain 100 percent of the wine from that region.

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