Yamhill County

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The origin of the county’s name is uncertain, but Oregon Geographic Names (Oregon Historical Society), attributes it to an early explorer’s name for a local tribe of Native Americans who lived in the Willamette Valley. Wagon trains traveling the Oregon Trail in 1843 and 1844 brought the first large influx of settlers into Yamhill County, and by 1849 — when the Territory of Oregon was created by the US government — the majority of tillable farm land in the county had been homesteaded, claimed, or purchased.

Until the first group of intrepid winegrowers arrived in the 1970s, Yamhill County was known for its orchards, sweet Brooks prunes and turkey farms. Today, its fields and hillsides are famous for nurseries, vineyards and wineries. Some 80 wineries and 200 vineyards now call the Yamhill Valley home. The Sokol Blosser Winery is located near the historic Yamhill County town of Dayton.

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The Yamhill Enrichment Society (YES) aims to enrich the
county with projects supporting education and the arts, food and agriculture, and history and community. YES strives to find innovation, creativity, collaboration and efficiency in all of its endeavors.

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Bounty of Yamhill County (BOYC) is a weekend of events, held annually in late summer, to celebrate the vibrant community of famous wineries, celebrated chefs, and diversified family farms. This signature event is helping to enhance the region’s already first-rate reputation for culinary and agritourism.