Will you join us for some tasting of Oregon's remarkable wine? Now that we have your attention, we are very pleased to announced the return of the Oregon Legislative Wine Caucus (OLW Caucus) . The purpose of the OLW Caucus is to work collaboratively with policy makers, legislators, wine industry academics and supporters, to protect the interest of our burgeoning wine industry through public policy that will help promote our home-grown wineries and vineyards.
Although the OLW Caucus has been in hiatus during last legislative session, we believe the time is right to bring back our bipartisan, bicameral group that advances the interests of Oregon’s wine industry. The wine industry is growing, and helping bring important tourism dollars to Oregon. Also, our Vineyards play a key role in supporting environmentally sustainable jobs in rural communities.
With the growth of the Oregon wine industry, we have much work ahead of us to help protect our boutique industry's accumulated equity so we can compete nationally and internationally (fact…even though Oregon makes exceptional wines, its national market share is only about 1%).
- The statewide economic footprint for Oregon’s wine sector is now $5.6B vs. $3.3B three years ago;
- in-state jobs related to grape/wine production, distribution & sales now total 29,662;
- total wine tourism impact is WAY up from $295 Million three years ago to $787 Million in 2016.
We’ll have an informal organizational meeting and wine reception in the coming months (date and location to be determined). This will give us an opportunity to hear from our Oregon Wine Growers on challenges and opportunities, their innovative winemaking process, and most importantly, what they need from us to do even better.
Thanks in advance for your kind consideration in joining us in support of Oregon’s wine industry. Please let us know if you’re interested in joining the Oregon Legislative Wine Caucus by contacting one of us, or Dan Jarman at
Oregon Legislative Wine Caucus Chairs –
Senator Jackie Winters, (R-SD10, Salem),
Senator Arnie Roblan, (D-SD5, Coos Bay),
Rep. Paul Holvey (D-HD8, Eugene), and
Rep. Ron Noble (R-HD24, McMinnville).