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May 17, 2013 | 3:16 PM

From the Oregon Wine Center:

Oregon’s Wine Country license plate turned a year old, and it’s turning into a big hit with Oregonians who have placed more than 6,000 sets of the specialty plates on their vehicles in the first year. Oregon’s Wine Country plates officially went on sale in May 2012. The plates were authorized by the Oregon Legislature in 2011 and are the first specialty license plates to recognize wine production by any state in the U.S.

Leigh Bartholomew, chairwoman of the Oregon Wine Board, said:

“The popularity of the Wine Country license plates is another indicator of the support that the Oregon wine industry enjoys with the citizens of the state. We are flattered and grateful for such a strong showing of support during the first year of sales.”

Through the end of April, 6,022 sets of Oregon Wine Country plates have been sold, according to the Driver and Motor Vehicle Services Division (DMV). This ranks second to only the Crater Lake specialty plates’ annual sales. Net proceeds from this program are earmarked to directly support tourism and culinary efforts throughout the state. Oregon’s tourism agency, Travel Oregon, administers the grant program which will open in the Spring of 2014. Details of the grant opportunities will be posted on later this year.


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