Oregon Wine

The history of Oregon wine-making dates back to the mid 1800s. Horticulturalist Henderson Luelling is credited with planting the first grapes in 1847 in Willamette Valley. His son-in-law, William Meek, won a medal in the 1859 California State Fair for wines made from the Isabella grape (an American hybrid). By the 1880s, vineyards began to take shape throughout the Willamette and Umpqua valleys, with Vitis vinifera stocks imported from Europe for the first time. 

But as with California, the Oregon wine industry was all but wiped out during the Prohibition from 1919 to 1933. In the era following the Repeal, the government allowed fruit-based wines (mostly from berries and Concord grapes) with licenses to “Farmer’s Wineries.”  A handful of vintners worked with vinifera-based wines, but with only a modicum of success. 
 
By the early 1960s, California oenologists at UC Davis became interested in Oregon terroir, even though studies had determined the climate to Read more »

Mentor for Oregon Wines

Julia Crowley

Award-winning Wine Writer. Publisher/Creative Content Producer of TheRealWineJulia.com. Snooth Contributor & Pro Wine Judge. Charmed by the Willamette Valley's earthy, elegant Pinot Noirs with a true zeal for Oregon Chardonnay, Riesling & Sparkling Wine.

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Varietals Produced in Oregon View all

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

Subregions of Oregon

  • Columbia Gorge

    The Columbia Gorge AVA is an American Viticultural Area which includes land surrounding the Col...

  • Willamette Valley

      The Willlamette Valley region in Oregon has a wine-making history that dates back to th...

  • Willamette Valley AVA

      The Willlamette Valley region in Oregon has a wine-making history that dates back to the 1...

Popular Wineries in Oregon View all

  • Silvan Ridge Winery

    : Silvan Ridge-Hinman Vineyards was established in 1979 and is the oldest winery in Lane County....

  • Alexana Winery

    Alexana Wines was born of Dr. Madaiah Revana’s love of the great wines of Burgundy. In the spring...

  • EIEIO

    At EIEIO & Company we make the best possible wine we can without compromise. To date, this is a ...

  • Girardet Wine Cellars & Vineyard

    Philippe Girardet was born and raised in Switzerland near the headwaters of the Rhone, a French-s...

  • A to Z Wineworks

    A to Z Wineworks was started in 2002 by four friends, Oregon wine industry veterans, Deb Hatch...

  • Purple Hands Wine

    Purple Hands is owned and operated by Oregon winemaker and oenophile, Cody Wright. Cody grew up i...

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Oregon on Snooth

  • Anne Amie Riesling Yamhill-Carlton Estate Dry Riesling 2013

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    Floral petrol aromas with an undernote of baked green apple, honey and tart lime zest. In the mouth this is expressive with notes of elderflower, lemon and more petrol, fresh and fruity but displaying a creamy nutty finish that carries some peach and tropical fruit. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Greg, my thoughts exactly.  You can buy the Crane Lake Cab at Total Wine ... heart of the Rogue Valley in Oregon. If I were you, I'd be out exploring all the interesting wineries in your backyar Read More

    Forum post in the topic Crane Lake Cabernet.Review


  • Tonight we attended the Symphony at The Kennedy Center.  The highlight ... ... the Willamette Valley in Oregon, and he has in fact met Jim Prosser of J. K. Carriere Wines (one of our wine clubs).  We talked about other wineries we all knew, but Will had not been to the Walla Walla region where we are headed next month.  We promised to let him ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines - Post Pictures...


  • Amour - Do you live down there in Miami?  Sounds like fun and the price of ... on vacation in Washington / Oregon during most of the tour though. &nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines - Post Pictures...


  • Tamarack Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by Steve Bennett


  • Tamarack Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by Steve Bennett


  • Tamarack Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by Steve Bennett


  • Tamarack Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2011

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    Big wine, bold fruit with spice, mocha, tannins that flush up to a dark cherry finish that is lengthy and satisfying. Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Still catching up from earlier this week.  Monday was a rare night out, as ... ... to Washington State / Oregon next month for a wine tasting trip, our server brought over an even better wine, a 2013 'The Vincent' red blend from Board Track Racer Cellars in Columbia Valley.  We decided this was our bottle (note that it had a screw-top cap) and... Read More

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  • "Keep him out of the Napa and Sonoma Valleys plus Oregon"Washington, too. Shall we let him have Virginia, Al?  ;-)  A farce, yes, RCKR, and the people of NYC are well familiar with that aspect of the Trump experience (and guess how well he did at the polls there). However at this new level for him, where trial-and-error experiments are so costly... Read More

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  • I have been reading in Wine Speculator about all the vineyards around Portland. Our son lives there, however when we go to visit, we never get to see any. Next time we will.

    Comment by 1013283cience7 1013283 cience7


  • I will be in Oregon for a family reunion at the end of July, which wineries are too good to miss. We will be planning a tasting day for 8 people. Susy

    Comment by 610070Susy Stone 610070 Susy Stone


  • Sloppy spelling. It is Hood River, McMinnville, and Willamette. Those are just three mis-spelled places with regard to Oregon. How many other sloppy spellings are there on the site?

    Comment by 814949zbarnett 814949 zbarnett


  • I drank a wonderful Reisling from Oregon, the name was Next. The restaurant is no longer in business and I do not know the vineyard that produced it. Any help out there?

    Comment by 121273Pat Smoot 121273 Pat Smoot


  • I enjoyed one of the most wonderful Cameron Wines. It was a 2008 Abbey Ridge. Such a beautiful glass of sunshine

    Comment by 137527Glendamcd 137527 Glendamcd


  • Left Coast Cellars produces true, authethentic Pinot Noir with power & delicate style.Try the Cali's Cuvee" 2005. I'd also like to reccomend the Left Coast Cellars Chardonnay complemented with just the right amount of subtle oak.It's balance and complexity rivaled some solidfrench (domaines as well as village wines)burgundies I tasted just days ...

    Comment by 509794wineinsiderone 509794 wineinsiderone


  • Big fan of Willamette Valley Vineyards. The terroir and techniques produce amazing Pinot Noir!

    Comment by 182332The Corkscrew Diary 182332 The Corkscrew Diary


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