The OPC workshops are presented to small groups at various wine country locations. Access Oregon wine maps from Oregon Wine Resource Studio and the full resource binder we distribute to Campers here, or its individual chapters in each section below.
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.
GEOLOGY AND BIOLOGY
Two workshops: this is your time 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.
SENSE OF PLACE
The purpose of this workshop is to examine the intent of the winemaker and understand how winemaking choices affect the entire process from vine to wine, in an interactive tasting and discussion with Oregon Winemakers to explore and demystify the Oregon terroir. While we mostly share the same plant materials, we will discuss the differences and the complex interactions between soils, sense of place and effect of the microclimate. Tasting will illustrate these factors that influence winemaking goals, style and of the end wines that are the landmark of Oregon. Where we grow Pinot noir makes a difference and creates the Oregon paradox.
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.
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.