Oregon Chardonnay Moves into the Limelight

Posted Mon, May 07, 2012 in All Posts

ANALYSIS: Chardonnay Meets Promise in Oregon
Group of winemakers say varietal wine is a natural partner in Pinot Noir country 
May 4, 2012 | by Paul Franson 

Portland, Ore.—Chardonnay is by far the most popular wine in America, and Chardonnay is the natural partner to Pinot Noir around the world—except in Oregon. Chardonnay would seem a natural fit for Oregon with its Burgundian climate, yet growers in Oregon long ago chose Pinot Gris as their favored white wine.

The numbers tell the story: • 12,560 acres Pinot Noir • 2,590 acres Pinot Gris • 950 acres Chardonnay In the past dozen...