The wine industry in Oregon has a rich history of collaboration and support through various non-profits and other organizations. These groups work together to promote and improve the industry, support research and education, and provide networking opportunities for those involved. Here is a brief overview of some of the key organizations and their histories:
Oregon Wine Board
The Oregon Wine Board (OWB) was established in 1987 as a state agency to promote and market Oregon wines. The Oregon wine organization is funded by the wine industry through a tax on wine production and sales, and is overseen by a board of directors made up of industry professionals. The OWB works to increase awareness and sales of Oregon wines through marketing and education programs, as well as supporting research and development in the industry.
Oregon Winegrowers Association
The Oregon Winegrowers Association (OWA) was founded in 1984 and is a membership-based organization that serves as a voice for Oregon Winegrowers in legislative and regulatory matters. The OWA also provides educational opportunities and networking events for members, as well as promoting the industry through marketing and public relations initiatives.
Willamette Valley Wineries Association
The Willamette Valley Wineries Association (WVWA) was established in 1983 and is a non-profit organization made up of over 230 wineries and tasting rooms in the Willamette Valley. The WVWA works to promote the region as a premier wine destination and supports its members through marketing, education, and networking opportunities.
Rogue Valley Winegrowers Association
The Rogue Valley Winegrowers Association (RVWA) was founded in 1990 and represents over 50 wineries and vineyards in Southern Oregon. The RVWA works to promote the region’s wines and vineyards and provides support for members through education, research, and networking opportunities.
¡Salud! – An Oregon Wine Organization with a Cause
¡Salud! is a non-profit organization established in 1991 that provides healthcare services to vineyard workers and their families in the Willamette Valley. The organization works in partnership with local healthcare providers to provide access to medical care, dental care, and other health services for those who may not have access otherwise.
Oregon Pinot Camp
Oregon Pinot Camp is a unique program established in 2000 that brings together wine industry professionals from around the world to learn about Oregon wines and winemaking. The program includes tours and tastings of vineyards and wineries, as well as educational seminars and networking opportunities.
As a result of the many kinds of collaboration and the innovations that have resulted from these collaborations, Oregon’s wine industry has become a world famous. And as these organizations continue to grow and gain members Oregon’s wine industry will continue to grow and thrive.
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