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A Quick Overview of Where 
Grapvines are Grown Around the World
Where the Vines Are
Grapes have been grown around the world for thousands of years. Here are a series of maps which take you closer and closer to the tiny corners of the earth where Life in Vine takes place. While every region has its own grape varieties and personality, they all share some commonalities where climate is concerned.

Obviously, these maps are not meant to help you precisely site your own vineyard. While they're generally accurate, they paint the larger picture of life in vine with the broadest of strokes. For more detail than you ever thought possible, try Hugh Johnson's excellent World Atlas of Wine.

While there have been grapes planted in the Northwest for more than a century, there's really only been a wine industry for the last 30 years or so. Life in Vine's David Lett was one of the first pioneers, planting his Eyrie vineyard in 1966. The main growing regions in the Northwest are highlighted above. In Oregon, the Willamette Valley to the north is the most well known (especially for its Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris), but Southern Oregon's warmer and more diverse climate supports a wider range of grape varieties. East of the Cascade Mountains in Washington, especially in the cooler Yakima and Columbia River valleys, the Washington wine industry thrives (note the tiny Red Mountain region recently carved out of the larger Yakima Valley region). Originally known for its Reisling and nothing else, its Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah are now highly acclaimed. <-- Back || Next -->
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