If you’ve been hearing a lot about Willamette Valley Chardonnay lately, it’s understandable: critics and consumers alike are discovering that Pinot noir’s iconic white counterpart is equally at home in our region.

Commonly referred to as a “winemaker’s grape”—in that it shows off and responds well to a variety of winemaking styles and techniques—Chardonnay runs the gamut worldwide from the leanest and most delicate styles to opulent, creamy and oak-influenced powerhouses. The Willamette Valley has managed to find a sweet spot somewhere in the middle, with a balance of elegance and complexity yielding an exceptionally high standard of quality.

In short: if you’ve never tasted a Willamette Valley Chardonnay, we highly recommend changing that, by visiting or ordering from the excellent Chardonnay producers below.