June 7 – September 20, 2014

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Oregon boasts an environment ripe for creating wines of distinction. Clink! tells the stories of some of the individuals and institutions who propelled Oregon wine onto the national and international stage. The exhibition traces the history of Oregon wines from the earliest vineyards to legislative efforts to control alcohol during Prohibition to the resurgence of the wine industry in the 1960s and finally to what the future may bring for these thriving Oregon businesses.


Visitors to the exhibit can learn about the flourishing Oregon wine industry through artifacts, photos, works of art, and interactive experiences. View wine-related objects dating back to the 19th century, explore profiles of winemakers working in Oregon today, use your senses to identify aromas typical to Pinot Noir, experience artworks inspired by Oregon wine country, and much more. Celebrate the wonders of Oregon wine and the people who make it possible in this unique, engaging exhibit produced by OHS in collaboration with local history organizations and industry leaders.


Oregon Vineyards: Through the Eyes of an Artist

June 7 – September 20

Oregon is blessed with a number of talented artists working in a variety of mediums to portray the beauty of the state, including the lush vineyards of wine country. This exhibition features local artists sharing their unique interpretations of Oregon vineyards.


Books About Oregon Wine

In conjunction with Clink! A Taste of Oregon Wine the Museum Store is featuring many books that explore the culture of Oregon’s vibrant vintners.

Oregon Wine: Grapes of Place
In the 1960s, a new breed of pioneers began arriving in Oregon’s Willamette Valley determined to grow Vitis vinifera, the fine wine grapes of Europe. They were told it couldn’t be done and were amply warned that Western Oregon was too cold and wet for vinifera to flourish. But they came anyway with a dream of producing fine premium wines – in particular Pinot noir, made from the delicate red grape of Burgundy, France. The pioneers’ risky experiment would create a new industry in Oregon and change the world of wine forever. This episode of Oregon Experience tells the story.
Willamette Week Wine Wednesdays
June 25, July 30 and August 27, 2014, 5:30 – 7:30 PM

What would an exhibition on the history of Oregon wine be without a chance to taste some of Oregon’s finest varietals? In celebration of our summer exhibit Clink! A Taste of Oregon Wine, the Oregon Historical Society and Willamette Week have teamed up to host exclusive happy hour events on the last Wednesday of June, July, and August.

Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon
Sunday, August 31, 2014

Held in the heart of Willamette Valley, less than an hour’s drive from Portland, this popular race event features a magnificent sunrise start at Stoller Family Estate, and 13.1 miles along scenic back roads graced by vineyards, farms, and orchards.

End of Summer Celebration
Sunday, September 14, 1 – 4 PM

Savor the last taste of our Oregon summer at a closing event for Clink! Join renowned wineries Brooks, Cooper Mountain, Elk Cove, Ponzi, Maysara and ArborBrook for tastings, and then listen to a special Second Sunday presentation by Susan Sokol Blosser at 2 PM.






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