The OPC workshops are presented to small groups at various wine country locations. All campers will attend all six workshops during the first two days of OPC. Access an Oregon wine map from Oregon Wine Resource Studio and the full resource binder we distribute to Campers here, or its individual chapters in each section below. Note: items in the Table of Contents link to their corresponding sections.
THE OREGON PINOT NOIR STORY
Meet the winemakers of Oregon Pinot Camp and hear stories about the mystique and reality of Pinot noir from The Eyrie Vineyards’ Jason Lett. Learn how it all began more than 40 years ago, how it developed, where we are today, and what entices more winemakers to Oregon every year in pursuit of the perfect Pinot.
FROM THE GROUND UP: GROWING INSPIRED WINES
Two workshops: this is your day in the vineyard. Learn in detail from growers and winemakers what it takes to achieve balanced landscapes, vines and wines, amidst the vines themselves in some of Oregon’s best vineyards. Walk below the surface to see firsthand the diverse soils where these wines are rooted. Explore the complex interaction between land and plant, and the myriad day-to-day decisions in a growing season that affect the final product. Finally, taste wines that directly illustrate how viticultural decisions influence winemaking goals.
OREGON PINOT NOIR: WINEMAKING
The challenge and responsibility for the winemaker is to make the best possible wine. At each step, from picking through bottling, the winemaker chooses between various options to move closer to that goal. Examine the production of Pinot noir in Oregon and the decisions faced by winemakers. Taste a series of 2017 Pinot noir barrel samples with winemakers to see the techniques used to maximize quality.
THE MULTIPLE PERSONALITIES OF OREGON PINOT NOIR
An interactive tasting and discussion with Oregon winemakers to explore the influences of vintage, place and philosophy on Oregon Pinot noir. Taste how the winemaker’s vision, vineyard characteristics, and the diversity of vintage impact this highly expressive grape.
HUNTING THE GREAT WHITE
Pinot noir is easily the singular red wine focus in this great cool climate, but white wines are a source of equal passion to many Oregon winemakers. In this workshop, we will investigate the bright, fresh fruit of these complex and imminently ageable white varieties that have captivated many of us. More and more these wines will define our region as it evolves to be as well-known for white as red.