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Delicious! Oregon’s Famed Pinot Noir region Willamette Valley Vineyards hosts Top Chef Finale

In proud news for Oregon, their famed Pinot Noir wine region Willamette Valley Vineyards has been chosen for the Season 18 Top Chef Finale. 

Willamette Valley Vineyards, a leading Pinot Noir producer in Oregon, will host the finale of Season 18 of Bravo’s Emmy Award-winning Top ChefThe finale airs on July 1, 2021 at 8 pm Pacific Time.

Oregon's Willamette Valley Wine Region
Oregon’s Willamette Valley Wine Region

Announced on Episode 13 Bravo’s Top Chef in Portland, host Padma Lakshmi announced finalists Dawn BurrellGabe Erales and Shota Nakajima would head to

Willamette Valley Vineyards in Oregon’s famous wine country

to “create the best four-course progressive meal of your life.”


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Willamette Valley Vineyards will join the ranks of Top Chef finale locations, including Tuscany, Italy (Season 17); MacauChina (Season 16); San Miguel de Allende, Mexico (Season 12); Sentosa IslandSingapore (Season 7); San Juan, Puerto Rico (Season 4); and Waikoloa VillageHawaii (Season 2); among others.

“We are honored

to be selected for the finale location of Bravo’s Top Chef Portland

which highlights some of the best experiences Oregon has to offer,” explained Winery Director Christine Clair.

“The season has been remarkable so far; they have really captured the essence of Oregon and its culinary treasures,” Clair continued. “This is an exciting moment for Oregon and it is amazing for our winery to be a part of that, particularly during a year that has been challenging to the restaurant and culinary industry. This show couldn’t have come at a better moment.”

Oregon's Willamette Valley Wine Region
Oregon’s Willamette Valley Wine Region

For the first time ever in the history of Top Chef, the culinary competition featured an elite rotating judging and dining panel made up of All Star winners and finalists, including Richard BlaisCarrie BairdNina ComptonTiffany DerryGregory GourdetMelissa KingKristen KishEdward LeeKwame OnwuachiAmar SantanaDale Talde and Brooke Williamson.



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They were joined by host Padma Lakshmi, head judge Tom Colicchio and judge Gail Simmons, all of whom will sit at the judge’s table at Willamette Valley Vineyards’ Estate Tasting Room in the Salem Hills to select the winner of Season 18.

Oregon's Willamette Valley Wine Region
Oregon’s Willamette Valley Wine Region

The season explored the famous Hood River Fruit Loop, Columbia River Gorge, Oregon’s Mt. Hood Territory, Tillamook Bay, Tualatin Valley and Willamette Valley wine country before it closes the season at Willamette Valley Vineyards, known for its gorgeous views of the estate vineyard and valley as well as a 65-foot lookout tower.

Top Chef is produced by the Emmy Award-winning production company Magical Elves with Casey KrileyJo SharonDoneen Arquines and Hillary Olsen serving as executive producers. Top Chef episodes are available on, the Bravo app and through video on-demand services with authentication.

Joe Wehinger
Joe Wehinger (nicknamed Joe Winger) has written for over 20 years about the business of lifestyle and entertainment. Joe is an entertainment producer, media entrepreneur, public speaker, and C-level consultant who owns businesses in entertainment, lifestyle, tourism and publishing. He is an award-winning filmmaker, published author, member of the Directors Guild of America, International Food Travel Wine Authors Association, WSET Level 2 Wine student, WSET Level 2 Cocktail student, member of the LA Wine Writers. Email to: [email protected]
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