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7 lesser-known U.S. wine regions to visit

By: Josh Lew on Jan. 17, 2013, noon
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Willamette Valley, Oregon

The Willamette Valley is located at the base of Oregon's Coast Range. Stretching from just south of the city of Eugene to the Oregon-Washington border, this region boasts fertile farmlands and plenty of moisture —  the perfect recipe for growing wine grapes.

Willamette wineries are mainly known for their pinots (as in grigio and noir), but there is plenty of variety in the more than 250 wineries that call this beautiful portion of western Oregon home. 

Willamette is a great destination for people who love wines. It is also a good place for travelers who want to see other unique types of agricultural production. Berry farms and hazelnut fields are also found in the valley, as are pine farms where Christmas trees are grown.