McMinnville is the county seat and largest city of Yamhill County, Oregon, United States. According to Oregon Geographic Names, it was named by its founder, William T. Newby, an early immigrant on the Oregon Trail, for his hometown of McMinnville, Tennessee. As of January 2009, the city had a total population of 32,400.
McMinnville is located at the confluence of the North and South Forks of the Yamhill River in the Willamette Valley. Part of the Portland metropolitan area, it lies southwest of Portland. The city is home to Linfield College and the Evergreen Aviation Museum.More
Since the 1990s, the majority of the vineyards of the Willamette Valley American Viticultural Area (AVA) are in the area surrounding McMinnville, thus giving this city a claim to the title of the capital of Oregon's wine industry. In January 2005, a McMinnville AVA was established after an application from Youngberg Hill Vineyards. The AVA includes 14 wineries and 523 acres (2.12 km²) within the Willamette Valley AVA. The city is at the northeastern border of its AVA namesake.More
McMinnville is served by the McMinnville School District. McMinnville has two high schools, McMinnville High School, and Media Arts & Communications Academy (MACA). McMinnville also has two colleges, Linfield College and the McMinnville campus of Chemeketa Community College, whose main campus is in Salem. Among the private schools in McMinnville are Bethel Christian School, McMinnville Christian High School and St. James Catholic Elementary School.More