Willamette Valley

Good people. Brilliant ideas.

i/wɨˈlæmɨt/ wil-lam-it

cor vallis  / The heart of the valley ~ Latin

Nestled between the mountains of the Cascade Range to the east and the Coast Range to the west, the Willamette Valley is a microcosm of Oregon.

There’s a rich history in agriculture. The valley is world-famous for Pinot Noir and other fine wines. It accounts for 99 percent of U.S. hazelnut production. And it’s the grass seed capital of the world.

The valley is also a hotspot of innovation. Your inkjet printer and flat screen TV feature technology that was developed here. Hundreds of ideas are patented every year, making Corvallis one of the most innovative cities in the nation.

As home base for Oregon State University, the Willamette Valley is where much of our impact begins — but it reaches around the world.


What does it mean to be an Oregonian?

The answers are as diverse as the landscapes and the people who call Oregon home. But there is a recurring theme with everyone we asked: a sense of community and appreciation for all that we have here.