There are over 700 vineyards in Oregon, planted on more than 13,700 acres. For the 2004 vintage, there were 19,400 tons of wine grapes harvested, and nearly 1.2 million cases of wine made. Oregon is second in the United States in number of wineries, fourth in the country for gallons produced and produces over 40 different varietals of wine grapes.
The Southern Oregon Wine Institute of Umpqua Community College was established to: 1) facilitate alliances with vintners and viticulturists in Southern Oregon, 2) promote the economic development of the wine industry, and 3) provide education and training for those with an interest in the industry.
The Viticulture and Enology curriculum is reviewed by an advisory board composed of local and regional industry members.