The Willamette Valley received international coverage from an article in The Australian, Australia’s leading national news brand that celebrated its 50-year anniversary in 2014. The Australian has a total readership of 3,264,000 and caters to an audience of 25- to 54-year-old executive influencers.
The article, written by Judith Elen, is titled A Passion for Portland, Oregon. Read what she had to say about our valley, and a few of our members, below.
I am sitting in a high-backed banquette, with a view across sleek tables to the darkening Willamette Valley beyond. Mellow lights bathe the room, and a line of low flames adds its cosseting glow. Our waiter, so discreet and knowledgeable he’s more like a personal valet, confides: “The albacore tuna have just started their run up the coast, and the Chinook salmon are from the Columbia River.” I experience a moment of perfect contentment. This is Jory restaurant at the elegant Allison Inn & Spa in the northwest US state of Oregon.
Nearby Dundee Hills region, on the 45th parallel north, echoes New Zealand’s winegrowing 45th parallel south. Here, 80 per cent of the soil is Jory, with superior minerality and drainage…Argyle Winery (begun in the 1980s by Aussie group Lion Nathan) operates an elegant tasting room, where we sip a flight of refined methode champenoise bubbles.
For overnighters, Black Walnut Inn in Dundee offers secluded and pampered B&B accommodation with vast hilltop views.