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The Region

Mar 11, 2014

Taken from www.oregonwine.org

McMinnville 

McMinnville AVA Map

Location: McMinnville is a sub-appellation of the Willamette Valley AVA that sits just west of the city of McMinnville, approximately 40 miles southwest of Portland and extends 20 miles south-southwest.

Wine history: McMinnville has a long farming history that dates back to the mid-1800s when berry fields, tree fruits and livestock dominated. All that began to change when, in 1970, one of Oregon's winemaking pioneers, David Lett, bought an old turkey processing plant in McMinnville to house his winery. Soon after, winegrowers began planting vineyards and establishing wineries in the area and, in 1987, McMinnville held the very first International Pinot Noir Celebration. Held every July since, it's a wildly popular three-day event where winemakers and enthusiasts from all over the world congregate for Pinot noir tastings, winery tours, and seminars. The McMinnville AVA was established in 2005. Today, the area continues to sprout more wineries and tasting rooms. 

Climate: McMinnville sits in a protective weather shadow of the Coast Range. As a result, the primarily east- and south-facing vineyards receive less rainfall (just 33 inches annually, as compared to 40 inches in Eola-Amity Hills) than sites just 12 miles to the east. Those vineyards situated on the more southerly facing sites take advantage of the cooling winds from the Van Duzer Corridor, a break in the coast range that allows cool Pacific Ocean air to flow through, thus dropping evening temperatures in the region, which helps to keep grape acids firm. Compared to surrounding areas, McMinnville is, on average, warmer and drier, consisting of higher elevation vineyards (up to 1,000 feet) that are resistant to frost.

Soils: The soils are typically uplifted marine sedimentary loams and silts, with alluvial overlays. As compared to other appellations in the Willamette Valley, these soils are uniquely shallow for winegrowing with low total available moisture.

Topography: McMinnville's elevation levels range from 200 to 1,000 feet, and the area encompasses the east and southeast slopes of the Coast Range foothills. Geologically, the most distinctive feature in this area is the Nestucca Formation, a 2,000-foot-thick bedrock formation that extends west of the city of McMinnville to the slopes of the Coast Range. This formation contains intrusions of marine basalts, which affect the region's ground water composition, resulting in grapes with unique flavor and development characteristics.

Predominant varieties

  • Pinot noir
  • Pinot gris
  • Pinot blanc

While you're here...

Historic downtown McMinnville is home to urban wine tasting rooms, top-notch restaurants serving the finest examples of Oregon's bounty, charming clothing boutiques, galleries, live music, theaters, ice cream shops and breweries.  Nearby is the Evergreen Aviation Museum, which is home to Howard Hughes' world famous Spruce Goose, a gigantic WWII seaplane (also known as the Flying Boat).

The McMinnville Downtown Association works to promote and enhance our historic downtown as the economic, social and cultural heart of the community.

Upcoming Events

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May

01

62nd Annual Distinguished Service Awards

McMinnville Grand Ballroom | McMinnville

McMinnville Distinguished Service Awards has been a long standing tradition since 1955. While this is not an MDA event, we do assist with logistics and planning to keep this tradition alive. RSVP by April 26th. Call Rebecca at 503-472-3605 or email your reservation to Info@DowtownMcMinnville.comTickets are $40.00 per personNo Host Bar Honoring:Rocky Wade- Man of the Year Mary Martin- Woman of the ...
McMinnville Grand Ballroom
McMinnville Grand Ballroom 325 NE Third Street

May

19

Each year in May, downtown McMinnville is "visited" in a cosmic sense. Beings from other galaxies walk the street during the Worlds Largest UFO Festival in the World!  Partake in a parade, enjoy live entertainment, watch the pet costume contest and peruse vendor booths over this two-day festival. 

Jun

24

RELAY REUNION: Rediscover, Reconnect and Reunite!

Duniway Middle School Field | McMinnville

McMinnville Relay For LifeAmerican Cancer SocietySaturday June 24, 2017 Noon to Midnight Duniway Middle School Field (On 2nd Street just past Michelbook Lane)Not too late to form a team.Survivors & Participants can register free at relayforlife.org/mcminnvilleor For more info contact us at mcminnvillerelayforlife@gmail.comCheck us out on Facebook at McMinnville ...
Duniway Middle School Field
Duniway Middle School Field

Jul

07

Celebrating its 57th year, Turkey Rama is one of McMinnville’s oldest and most loved traditions! The community festival observes the historical importance of the once-thriving turkey business in the surrounding county. The turkey farms are gone, but Turkey Rama lives on!  As the face of our community has changed, so has the festival itself. Downtown you’ll find vendors, a Food Court ...
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