Oregon's reputation is based largely on Pinot Noir, and rightfully so. But the state's growers also make some lovely white wines in the form of Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Viognier and Riesling, among others. The combination of elegance and clean fruit slots Oregon's Pinot Noir conveniently in between the earthier styles of Burgundy and the riper, fruitier styles most closely associated with California. Quality is quite high across the board, so it's one of the more reliable sources in the US for a bottle of wine you'll be happy with even when you're not familiar with the producer.

Photos throughout Oregon taken in early September, 2012 on the verge of harvest. Focus on all the primary sub-regions of the Willamette Valley, with visits to Bergstrom, St. Innocent, Winderlea, Colene Clemens, Penner-Ash, Ayoub, Willakenzie and White Rose.

Click photo to enlarge, then hover over image for caption. All images copyright Jeff Bramwell.