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Celebrating Pinot Since 1987

In late 1985

an informal group of Oregon wine-lovers, winemakers, restaurateurs, and retailers envisioned a premier wine event, to be held in the heart of Oregon wine country. Each year since the first annual event was held in 1987, the IPNC has evolved and matured, with a commitment to staying fresh, innovative, and relevant. For more than three decades, the IPNC has been uniting international Pinot Noir producers, esteemed journalists, Pinot Noir devotees, northwest chefs, and food lovers for a weekend of tasting, dining, learning, and celebrating together.

Large group of people in front of Nick's Italian Cafe

Each year there are approximately 950 registered attendees for the IPNC weekend, including 140 representatives from the 70+ featured wineries. An additional audience of approximately 550 people attend the IPNC’s Sunday Passport to Pinot.

Since 1987 the IPNC has hosted hundreds of winemakers from France, dozens from Australia and New Zealand, and a number of other renowned winemakers from Argentina, Austria, Canada, Chile, England, Germany, Israel, Italy, South Africa, Spain, and Switzerland.

The IPNC has served as a showcase for the northwest’s famed farm-to-table cuisine. Each year over 60 guest chefs from the region’s most revered restaurants create inspired courses made from local farm ingredients. The IPNC has been honored to host internationally renowned chefs including Minoru Odashima of Kappo Odashima in Tokyo, Japan, Alister Brown of Logan Brown in Wellington, New Zealand, and Michael Wild of BayWolf Restaurant in Oakland, California. Guest speakers at the IPNC have included such luminaries as Lalou Bize-Leroy, Jancis Robinson, Robert Parker, Remington Norman, Michael Broadbent, Ghislain de Montgolfier, Christophe Roumier, Dominique Lafon, Steven Spurrier, Eric Asimov, James Halliday, and François Millet of Comte Georges de Vogüé… to name a few.

Over the years

the IPNC has brought tens of thousands of wine lovers from around the world to McMinnville to explore and revel in Pinot Noir in all its grand diversity. IPNC guests enjoy the benefit of going right to the source, meeting and connecting with the people and families behind the wines they love. Guests have the chance to taste over 250 wines at each IPNC! Guests may find themselves chatting with a Tasmanian winery owner, eating lunch with a writer from a favorite wine publication, or walking through vine rows with the Willamette Valley vintner who planted them. And at the end of the day, everyone celebrates together at tables topped with a collection of Pinot Noir and the finest in the Northwest cuisine.

People at a table clinking wine glasses

Since the first annual Celebration, the goal of the IPNC has remained constant: an intimate gathering of international Pinot Noir winemakers and Pinot lovers from near and far enjoying a weekend of good wine, good food, and good company.

International Pinot Noir Celebration 1991 poster
Australia IPNC
Grand Seminar poster from 2017

The International Pinot Noir Celebration each July is the best consumer wine event in the United States.

Dave MacIntyre
Washington Post

One of the most enjoyable wine weekends in the world

Jancis Robinson

IPNC is one of those rare wine gatherings that works on every level

Eric Asimov
The New York Times
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