Now Playing:


Broadcasts: May 26, 8:00 p.m. [OPB PLUS], September 16, 10:00 p.m. [OPB TV], September 18, 3:00 a.m. [OPB TV], January 13, 9:00 p.m. [OPB TV], January 15, 2:00 a.m. [OPB TV], January 15, 11:00 p.m. [OPB TV], January 17, 4:00 a.m. [OPB TV], June 30, 9:00 p.m. [OPB TV], July 2, 2:00 a.m. [OPB TV], January 4, 6:00 p.m. [OPB TV], January 18, 9:00 p.m. [OPB TV], January 20, 2:00 a.m. [OPB TV]

Segments in this Episode

Oregon Experience

Oregon Wine: Grapes of Place

OPB | May 8, 2012 8 p.m.

In the 1960s, a new breed of pioneers began arriving in Oregon’s Willamette Valley determined to grow Vitis vinifera, the fine wine grapes of Europe. They were told it couldn’t be done and were amply warned that Western Oregon was too cold and wet for vinifera to flourish. But they came anyway with a dream of producing fine premium wines – in particular Pinot noir, made from the delicate red grape of Burgundy, France. The pioneers’ risky experiment would create a new industry in Oregon and change the world of wine forever.

Send Oregon Experience A Message

Upcoming Broadcasts

Modoc War (602)

November 29, 8 p.m. [OPB PLUS]

Capturing Oregon's Frontier (704)

December 21, 9:30 p.m. [OPB TV]

Linus Pauling (505)

December 28, 9 p.m. [OPB TV]

Ken Kesey (803)

January 4, 9 p.m. [OPB TV]

All Season 6

Oregon Wine (604)

Oregon Experience: Episode #604
Most Recent Broadcast: May 26, 2013

Senator Wayne Morse (603)

Oregon Experience: Episode #603
Most Recent Broadcast: July 21, 2013

Modoc War (602)

Oregon Experience: Episode #602
Most Recent Broadcast: November 4, 2013

Reed (601)

Oregon Experience: Episode #601
Most Recent Broadcast: October 20, 2013

Funding Provided By: Arlene Schnitzer and Jordan Schnitzer, Robert D. and Marcia H. Randall Charitable Trust, Oregon Cultural Trust, Clark Foundation

OREGON EXPERIENCE is a co-production of Oregon Public Broadcasting and the Oregon Historical Society.