Airport Art Installation Inspired by Oregon’s Willamette Valley

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Oregon Wine Country springs to life at the San Jose Airport August 28th – September 22nd 2017.

The Willamette Valley Visitors Association and Alaska Airlines will launch an original Oregon Wine Country experience at the San Jose airport beginning August 28th. The creative, immersive, impactful display promises to educate, inspire and entertain travelers on the go, and offers a chance to win a four-night adventure package to the Willamette Valley.

A massive Pinot noir wine bottle containing a world of miniatures will entice travelers to take a closer look at what Oregon Wine Country has to offer, and perhaps, inspire their next trip. Alaska Airlines now makes it more convenient than ever to visit Oregon with non-stop flights to the Valley’s bookend cities, Portland and Eugene, and wines fly free on Alaska.

Peek inside the bottle and you’ll become immersed in a world of wine unlike any other. First sown by free- thinkers in the 1960s and 1970s, the finicky Pinot noir grape flourished in the Willamette Valley despite conventional wisdom, and now more than 500 wineries call it home. Wine varietals, topography and soil types are highlighted in the display, but travelers will also be delighted by details such as lush landscapes, independent craftspeople, small towns, waterfalls, wildlife and more.

“People are already traveling from all over the world to experience great wine and breathtaking scenery,” says Jimmie Lucht, board member of the Willamette Valley Visitors Association, a non-profit organization that supports travel and tourism in Oregon’s Wine Country. “We are thrilled to introduce more travelers to the Willamette Valley and offer a glimpse at our wine country, our adventures and this wonderful place we call home.”

Willamette Valley: The Willamette Valley, Oregon’s leading wine region, has over two-thirds of the state’s wineries and vineyards and is home to over 500 wineries. It is recognized as one of the premier Pinot noir producing areas in the world. Other cool-climate varieties such as Pinot gris, Pinot blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling and Gewürztraminer are equally at home in the Willamette Valley.

Around 150 miles long and up to 60 miles wide, it is Oregon’s largest AVA. Named for the river that flows through it, the Willamette Valley has the largest concentration of wineries and vineyards in Oregon and includes six appellations within its borders: Chehalem Mountains, Dundee Hills, Eola-Amity Hills, McMinnville, Ribbon Ridge and Yamhill-Carlton.

The Willamette Valley Visitors Association is a private, non-profit organization that supports travel and tourism in the Willamette Valley – Oregon Wine Country. Comprised of six destination marketing organizations, the Willamette Valley Visitors Association works to maintain the Willamette Valley as Oregon’s premier wine destination, while highlighting the culture, heritage and natural resources of the region. oregonwinecountry.org I 866-548-5018

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