Keeping Oregon’s Wine Country Pristine
Electric vehicle tourism in Oregon Wine Country!
How it started: The concept Oregon Wine Country Electric Vehicle (EV) Byway, and Plug & Pinot were both hatched in the winter of 2014 when a group of individuals within Oregon’s Wine Industry realized that there were a growing number of wine country businesses with EV infrastructure, but no network connecting those businesses. For the inaugural Plug and Pinot Event, the original five Oregon EV Byway Alliance teamed up with auto manufacturers to provide ride and drives of various EVs, and to generally bring attention to the fact that a full day trip through Oregon’s Wine Country is very much possible in an Electric Vehicle.
Where we stand today
The Oregon Wine Country EV Byway now extends from Gaston to Dundee, from Dayton to Salem, and all the way to the town of Elkton, nestled on the banks of the Umpqua River. Several of our members were among the first wineries to plant vines in the Willamette Valley over 40 years ago. In total, our alliance has membership in five AVAs and counting. The mission of our alliance continues to center on the idea of communicating to our customers about the tremendous accessibility of Oregon’s Wine Country for EV drivers, and to encourage our valued customers to consider more sustainable modes of transportation. We look forward to welcoming more and more members in to our network. Each year,The Oregon Wine Country EV Byway hosts an annual celebration known as “Plug & Pinot.”