2021 Oregon Wine Experience

Our top priority is the health and wellbeing of our guests, wineries and the greater community. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve designed an event for 2021 with both limited in-person and virtual gatherings. These plans are subject to change as we navigate State of Oregon guidelines. Please find below a schedule for this year’s events and virtual opportunities.

Please note that this year’s silent auction will be online, with a physical display at the event. Anyone can bid on items from home! Stay tuned for details on how to register and participate closer to the event.

Oregon Wine Competition® – July 17-18, 2021

  • A premier wine competition
  • Open to all commercially approved wines using 100% Oregon AVA grapes
  • A world-class panel of judges featuring Masters of Wine, Master Sommeliers and renowned wine writers
  • Entry deadline: June 11

Founders’ Barrel Auction – August 25-26, 2021

  • Bid on one-of-a-kind, exclusive blends made special by top Oregon winemakers and found only at this auction
  • An invitation-only Collectors’ Tasting will take place during the evening of August 25
  • Open tasting event during the afternoon of August 26 to sample the participating wineries’ creations
  • Innovative culinary pairings from Seven Feathers Casino Resort to accompany wine explorations
  • All bidding is online and begins on August 25
  • Silent auction, raffle and cork pull
  • Limited single ticket sales available below!

Virtual Medal Celebration – August 26

  • Kick-off, virtual celebration of the Oregon Wine Experience!
    Livestream announcement of Oregon Wine Competition results and winner recognition
  • Sponsors receive an opulent “Medal Celebration in a box” including 2021 Oregon Wine Competition award-winning wines and culinary creations to enjoy at home.
  • The general public can also purchase these packages for $75 (limited supply)
  • Livestream links will be available closer to the event

Grand Tasting – August 27

  • Tasting featuring wineries throughout Oregon
  • Samples of all 2021 award-winning wines
  • Array of culinary pairings
  • Silent auction, raffle and cork pull

Grand Tasting tickets are sold out at this time. Additional tickets may be added later depending on capacity regulations. Please check back. 

Miracle Auction & Salmon Bake – August 28

  • In-person live auction (proxy bidding options available)
  • Dinner with wood plank-roasted salmon from Coquille Indian Tribe
  • Tastings of the 2021 award-winning wines over dinner
  • Virtual program option with a limited supply of opulent “Miracle Auction in a box” for sponsors featuring 2021 Oregon Wine Competition award-winning wines and culinary creations to enjoy at home (anyone can tune in virtually online!)
  • The general public can also purchase these packages for $100 (limited supply)
  • Silent auction, raffle and cork pull
  • Livestream links will be available closer to the event

Ultimate Vintner Dinners – August 2021

  • Intimate gatherings hosted by winery owners at winery, vineyard and culinary partner locations
  • Unique, multi-course dinners with exceptional, vintner-curated pairings
  • Special features and amenities offered by event hosts
  • Top-tier sponsor benefit

If you have an event gift certificate you would like to redeem for the 2021 Oregon Wine Experience, please contact Sarahanne Driggs at (541) 789-5025.

**OWE meticulously outlined four phased event plans to accommodate varying state and county guidelines. In-person events will follow all current mandates and protocol requirements in August. The format is subject to change based on the guidelines at the time of the event.

Oregon Wine University® classes

Oregon Wine University offers a variety of fun, engaging and unique classes that allow you to better understand, pair and treasure the fullness of wine from Oregon and beyond.

These classes take place year-round! Keep an eye out for emails on how to register.

  • Anchor Series: Pairing wine with everything from Shakespeare to world-famous blue cheese to the art of barrel tasting. This series is an excellent introduction to wine tasting as well as an exciting avenue for the more astute wine enthusiast to learn more.
  • Advanced Series: Winemakers from across the state guide you to the next level of wine appreciation and education. Dive deep into Oregon’s boundless wine varietals to discover their nuances and how wine is crafted from vine to barrel to bottle.