The best and brightest talent in Oregon is gathering in Hillsboro”s Willamette Valley to discuss the potential of Oregon’s Pinot Gris putting Oregon squarely on the map as “the Pinot state” (both Gris and Noir). Think red or white Pinot, think Oregon…

Oak Knoll’s President Greg Lint has told me, “With its unique climate, soils, vineyards and viticulturists, as well as unique and independent winemakers, studying Pinot Gris and defining it as ‘a wine grape perfectly suited to Oregon, and it being the best value on the market,’ is the mission of this symposium.”  While it might seem like a tall order, Greg continued, “With Pinot Gris being Oregon’s largest white wine grape crop, it’s more a matter of clear definition and getting to the heart of the matter for better overall marketing and sales for us.”

Attendees will be welcomed by Greg Lint and Jeff Herinckx (Winemaker).

The following industry experts will be sharing their insights and knowledge about Pinot Gris…

KEYNOTE SPEAKER ~ “The Potential for Pinot Gris From Oregon, Regarding Its Terroir” with Paul Gregutt ~ PaulG’s Blog, Unfined &Unfiltered, Seattle Times, Wine Enthusiast, Wine & Jazz

VITICULTURE ~ “Understanding the Terroir of Oregon Pinot Gris” with Al MacDonald, Chemeketa Community College: Vineyard Management Programs

ENOLOGY ~ “Crafting Your Signature Pinot Gris” with Robert Brittan, Robert Brittan Vineyards; Jason Bull, Zimri Cellars and winemaker at David Hill Vineyards & Winery; Jeff Herinckx, Oak Knoll Winery

MARKETING ~ “Having Your Pinot Gris Stand Out from the Oregon Crowd” with Ryan Lumaco, Odom-Southern Distributors of Oregon

MARKETING ~ “Having Your Pinot Gris Stand Out from the National Crowd” with Eugenia Keegan, Vineyard Consultant

LUNCHEON w/MEDIA ~ 12:30 ~ 1:30 p.m. BEST OF THE OREGON PINOT GRIS TASTING ~ 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. With MEDIA

Registrations are being accepted on line at

The event promises to be one of exploration, education, and enlightenment.


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