Planning a trip to Oregon wine country? Then take a look at the recently launched Oregon Wine Explorer. The Oregon Wine Explorer is a great way to explore Oregon’s hand-crafted wines, either by visiting a tasting room or buying directly from a winery using the new Wine Finder(TM) tool.

You can filter wineries by location, varietal , or by special services offered such as wedding facilities, Bed & Breakfast, picnic area or wheelchair accessible. There is also a huge listing of wineries (at last count about 247 active wineries) and Google maps to help you find them.

“These online tools are an extension of the industry’s commitment to being accessible and approachable for Oregon wine country visitors,” said Ted Farthing, executive director of the Oregon Wine Board. “Wine related tourism is important to Oregon, so we have responded with an intuitive online travel tool to help visitors find wineries that match their needs. We understand that everyone may not have a chance to visit in person, so the Wine Finder tool helps bring Oregon wines to their doorstep.”

According to an economic impact study published in January 2006, in 2004 an estimated 1.48 million tourists visited Oregon wineries contributing over $92 million in revenue to the Oregon economy.

By Mike Carter.



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