Oregon Wine Press: Rooted in Ancient Soil

Rooted in Ancient Soil

Mount Pisgah, Polk County, Oregon, becomes the state’s 23rd AVA

Pardon me as I riff on the accurate comment spoken by Dorothy to her little dog in the movie Wizard of Oz, “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Missouri anymore.”

Oregon greeted a new wine appellation, recently approved by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, commonly known as the TTB. Named for a small mountain southwest of Salem, Mount Pisgah, Polk County, Oregon is a rather lengthy name for an AVA. While researching, I discovered the United States is liberally punctuated with Mt. Pisgahs, including three in Oregon, one just a couple hours’ drive away in Lane County. The original petition listed simply ‘Mount Pisgah.’ However, hoping to avoid possible consumer confusion with other mountains and counties, the TTB proposed a longer, more descriptive title.

Named by Missourian Colonel Cornelius Gilliam as a tribute to a mountain sharing the same name near his childhood home, Mount Pisgah, Polk County, Oregon is our state’s newest, and third smallest AVA. Wholly within the larger Willamette Valley appellation, the TTB agreed with the proposal petitioners that the 5,850-acre mountain has unique features distinguishing it from the surrounding area.

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About the Author: Michele Francisco

Michele Francisco, a founder and regular contributor to Winerabble, a blog primarily about Pacific Northwest wines, is living the dream in Portland, Oregon. Her passion leads some to believe she's got wine running through her veins. Contact Michele at michele@winerabble.com & be sure to visit her online portfolio at www.michelefrancisco.com.