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Audience for Syrah grows among Oregon winemakers, growers

September 12, 2017

Wine lovers might be surprised to learn the No. 2 red grape in Oregon is Syrah, just ahead of Cabernet Sauvignon. We tend to think of Washington when we think of Syrah because the red Rhône grape fits so well in the warm Columbia Valley. But in recent decades, Southern Oregon regions such as the Umpqua, Rogue and Applegate valleys have driven greater interest in warm-climate wine grapes. Indeed, in recent years it's become fashionable for Willamette Valley winemakers to bring Syrah north to craft a jammy, big red that's an alternative to the ubiquitous Pinot Noir.