Heritage center celebrates valley wine

The newest changing exhibit at the Willamette Heritage Center – Toasting the Mid-Willamette Valley Winemaking Heritage – explores the history of the region’s winemaking industry and its vital role in our agricultural heritage and future.

Learn how the valley’s rich abundant fruit harvests have led to over a century of fermenting. The exhibit explores the evolution of the industry from small-scale commercial ventures to the post-prohibition founding of Honeywood Winery – Oregon’s oldest continually operating bonded winery.

The 1960s and ’70s saw the birth of the modern varietal production, and the talents of local winemakers being recognized at international competitions. Today, the region boasts over 590 wineries, crushing over 66,000 tons of grapes each year.

 Willamette Valley Heritage Center is located at 1313 Mill Street S.E. in Salem.

This exhibit is produced in partnership with Honeywood Winery and the Oregon Wine History Archive at Linfield University.