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 »

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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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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

  • Bishop Creek Cellars

    We believe that the art of winemaking starts with quality fruit. Planted in 1988, our grapes come...

  • Evening Land Vineyards/ONCE Wines

    Once a year our winemaker collaborates with America's best sommeliers to blend the exclusive wi...

  • Coelho Winery

    Coelho Winery is a small family-owned winery located in Amity, Oregon. Our vineyard was planted ...

  • Territorial Vineyards

    Locally owned, locally grown, locally vinified and locally rockin,' Territorial wines are certifi...

  • Phelps Creek Vineyards

    A small, artisan producer focused on Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Gewurztraminer grown within the C...

  • Dusty Cellars Winery

    Small family owned and operated winery on Camano Island, WA. Committed to quality hand crafted wi...

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Oregon on Snooth

  • My reason for the different the wines I did  was to determine which ones I ... had French 1cru against an Oregon Grand Moraine we liked the Oregon wineo best about 2 hours latter we tasted the syrah the damn Henschke had a glass closure, in 65 years I had not personally had a bottle with this type of closure and now two the same day did not ope... Read More

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  • L'Ecole No. 41 Semillon 2016


    The L'Ecole No. 41 Semillon (14% Sauvignon Blanc) carries a medium yellow colour and an inviting ginger-oak-gooseberry nose with a good dollop of lime rind. Entry is velvety-smooth, with just a hint of warmth, oaky spice overlaying s bed of gooseberry and fig. This is a very good Bordeaux-style white that recalls Hunter Valley whites from Aust... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • No I have also had problems, wonder if why there have been no articles.miss ... ... , he was reviewing Oregon Pinots and as I understood it he was comparing them against what he thought Oregon Pinots should taste like, while in enjoy Oregon Pinots I don’t find them to taste the way Pinots from France do. My question is this the way all review... Read More

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  • Torii Mor Eola-Amity Hills Select Pinot Noir Oregon 2007


    I bought this bottle of wine for £20 from the website www.cellartrade.co.uk. ... from the Torii Mor winery in Oregon USA. I started the bottle last night with my supper of beef stew.It is not a particularly full-bodied wine thogh it is sufficiently structured. There is some slightly bitter [though not unpleasantly so] redcurrant style fruit wi... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • No Jack, not damaged taste buds. There's a lot of bad PN around. It's ... US. After all, France and Oregon and Washington are roughly the same size and California is slightly bigger, so it really takes looking for specific producers in various regions. And then BC is immense.All the above is simplified obviously, but I think the gist of it is ... Read More

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  • Enjoyed y’all discussions of Pinot I am having a big problem with the ... then the others, enjoyed the Oregon pinots until I went back and retested the French, then I got pissed of the Oregon wines were light and perfumed, the French seemed heavy and delicious compared to the others,don’t remember the name of the French, because after the tast... 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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