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Getting There -- You'll find the heart of wine country between Newberg and McMinnville along Ore. 99W, which heads southwest out of Portland.

Visitor Information -- Contact the McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce, 417 NW Adams St., McMinnville, OR 97128 (tel. 503/472-6196; www.mcminnville.org), or the Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce, 415 E. Sheridan St., Newberg, OR 97132 (tel. 503/538-2014; www.chehalemvalley.org). The Willamette Valley Visitors Association (tel. 866/548-5018; www.oregonwinecountry.org) is another good source of information on this area.

Festivals -- The most prestigious festival of the year is the International Pinot Noir Celebration, P.O. Box 1310, McMinnville, OR 97128 (tel. 800/775-4762 or 503/472-8964; www.ipnc.org), held every year on the last weekend in July or first weekend in August. The 3-day event includes tastings, food, music, and seminars. Registration forms are mailed out in February every year, and tickets are currently $975 per person. Passport to Pinot, a separate event held during the celebration, is only $125.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.