Wine Enthusiast Magazine, an esteemed, internationaly-recognized wine publication for oenophiles, announced Oregon’s Willamette Valley as its 2016 Wine Region of the Year for its annual Wine Start Awards.

The Wine Star Awards are viewed as some of the most influential in the wine industry. Each year since 200, the editors of Wine Enthusiast recognize and celebrate individuals, companies and regions that have made exceptional achievements and contributions in the wine world. Other 2016 nominees for the Wine Region of the Year included Champagne, France; Crete, Greece; Sonoma County, California and Provence, France.

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