Oregon Wine Post Big Gains, Sales Top $600 Million

Oregon wine sales topped $600 million last year, according to a new report from the Oregon Wine Board.

The 2018 Oregon Vineyard and Winery Report also notes Oregon’s wine grape crop is worth over $200 million.

Last year, Canadians purchased 47,338 cases of Oregon wine, which is 45 percent of Oregon’s export sales. There was a 59 percent increase in wines exported to Denmark. Asia purchased 15,258 cases, which is also an increase.  From $550 million in sales for 2017, Oregon wines hit $607 million for 2018.

Oregon ended 2018 with 793 wineries, an increase of 24 from the previous year. 16 of those new wineries were in the Southern Willamette Valley. Acres planted with grapes also increased for 33,996 to 35,972. Pinot noir accounts for 56 percent of all that acreage – and it saw a 5 percent increase last year.

Mand cabernet sauvignon increased their planted acreage by 26% and 25%, respectively, in 2018.

By Andy Thompson