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Oregon Wine: Grapes of Place


Program Description

They were engineers, philosophers, teachers and liberal arts graduates with little or no farming experience.   But they had a passion for wine and had become convinced that the Willamette Valley was the perfect place to grow premium wine grapes that thrived in the cooler climates of France and Germany.  And they were willing to risk everything to follow their dream.

Along the way they learned how to make world-class wine; created a new Oregon industry; and changed the world of wine forever.   Today Oregon boasts more than 400 wineries and Pinot noir ranks as Oregon’s premier signature wine.

The one-hour documentary Oregon Wine: Grapes of Place tells a story of perseverance, determination and passion.

Learn more at: http://www.opb.org/programs/oregonexperience/programs/39-Oregon-Wine-Grapes-of-Place

Premiere

“Oregon Wine: Grapes of Place” premiered May 8, 2012 on Oregon Public Broadcasting. National release: November 9, 2012. Two years unlimited releases. Local underwriting permitted.

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Oregon Wine: Grapes of Place - Press Release

Oregon Wine: Grapes of Place - Producer Bio

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The early pioneers focused on Pinot noir, the delicate red grape of Burgundy, France.

Oregon State University Extension and Experiment Station Communications

The early pioneers focused on Pinot noir, the delicate red grape of Burgundy, France.

They were the first to grow wine grapes in Oregon. Today the state boasts more than 400 wineries.

Tom Ballard

They were the first to grow wine grapes in Oregon. Today the state boasts more than 400 wineries.

The first harvest, 1970.

The Eyrie Vineyards

The first harvest, 1970.

In the post prohibition era most Americans hadn’t heard of Pinot noir and certainly didn’t buy it. Today Pinot noir ranks as Oregon's premier signature wine.

Tom Ballard & The Eyrie Vineyards

In the post prohibition era most Americans hadn’t heard of Pinot noir and certainly didn’t buy it. Today Pinot noir ranks as Oregon’s premier signature wine.

Producer Nadine Jelsing.

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Producer Nadine Jelsing.

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