Scores are tucked away in, above and around towns such as Dundee, Lafayette, Amity, Carlton, McMinnville and Newberg. Signs pointing the way are frequent along Highway 99W. Carlton, once a failing sawmill town, calls itself the “Wine Capital of Oregon.” About 40 winemakers do business in the town of about 2,000 through small wineries or tasting rooms. The Carlton Winemakers Studio is home to eight small winemakers who share communal facilities and equipment. Their output varies from 200 to 5,000 cases a year.
Ms. Brittan, who is general manager of the studio, said the producers don’t consider themselves competitors. And perhaps that barn-raising mentality is appropriate for a region that was a destination for pioneer wagon trains 170 years ago.
“The whole valley pitches in,” Ms. Brittan said.
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