Appellation delineation in Oregon has allowed winemakers to work in small groups to promote the distinctiveness of their individual regions.
Willamette Valley (AVA)
Defining the Regional Characteristics of Oregon Pinot Noir: An Interview with Ken Wright
"(An) AVA (American Viticulture Area) is only valuable if it has been well drawn and the wines from the delimited area share traits in quality, aroma, flavor and texture"
October 3, 2006
Ken Wright, owner and winemaker of Ken Wright Cellars
, Carlton, OR was involved in the process of creating the sub-AVAs of the Willamette Valley
. He drew the original proposed maps for the sub AVAs and also wrote the application for the Yamhill-Carlton District AVA
. I met with Ken recently to hear about his experiences in this process.