Description An early morning fog settles in over a Willamette Valley vineyard in rural western Oregon.From USA Today;Wine country is an integral part of Oregon's agricultural patchwork. Most of the wineries are in the Willamette Valley, a short drive south of Portland.Don't expect Napa Valley, which today is like the Vegas Strip of wine. In Oregon the vineyards are spread out, punctuating other crops such as hazelnuts, berries and Christmas trees. The wineries are generally small operations where you may often find the winemaker or owner pouring in the tasting room.Oregon is home to more than 400 wineries and 15 distinct AVAs (American Viticultural Areas) each defined by the unique qualities they bring to the wine. The AVA relates to the terroir; the geography, geology and climate of a specific area. Seven of the state's AVAs are in Willamette Valley.