If you follow Oregon wine news, you may have heard rumors that the Willamette Valley has been anticipating a new American Viticultural Area (AVA).
According to Oregon's Statesman Journal, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau announced today the approved proposal to add the Willamette Valley's new Van Duzer Corridor AVA to the Federal Register. The 60,000 acre Corridor sits northwest of Salem and lies in both Polk and Yamhill counties. It borders the acclaimed Eola-Amity AVA, where wineries like Brooks Winery, Bethel Heights Vineyard, Cristom Vineyards, Evening Land Vineyards, Failla Wines, Lingua Franca, and Walter Scott Wines reside. The Van Duzer Corridor will join Dundee Hills AVA, Eola-Amity AVA, McMinnville AVA, Chehalem Mountains AVA, Ribbon Ridge AVA, and Yamhill-Carlton AVA as the seventh sub AVA in the larger Willamette Valley AVA.
The wineries in the new Van Duzer Corridor AVA include Johan Vineyards, Van Duzer Vineyards, Firesteed Wines, and Left Coast Cellars. These wineries will now be able to label their bottles with the Van Duzer Corridor AVA as a sign of a distinct viticultural area.
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