Oregon's wine industry exceeds 500 wineries

Oregon's wine industry exceeds 500 wineries

Oregon's wine industry had more than 500 wineries and produced more than 50,000 tons in 2012.

The North Willamette Valley continued to dominate with about 73 percent of the wine grapes crushed in 2012. The Rogue Valley was the second highest producing region with about 10 percent of the total.

The Oregon Wine Board is a semi-independent Oregon state agency managing marketing, research and education initiatives that support the wine industry. The wine industry represents about $3 billion of economic activity annually, including the generation of more than 13,500 wine-related jobs, according to the Oregon Wine Board.

Read more at The Statesman Journal.