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

Craig Donofrio

Craig Donofrio is an Advanced Sommelier in the Court of Master Sommeliers and has worked and consulted for some of the nation's top restaurants. He is chief food/wine photographer at Grapevine Studios (www.grapevinestudios.blogspot.com).

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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...

  • Carabella Vineyard

    All Carabella wines are sourced from our 58 acre site in Oregon's Chehalem Mountains. We produce ...

  • Territorial Vineyards

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

  • Ayoub

    After a long and careful search to find the best site possible to plant Pinot Noir, Mohamad “Mo” ...

  • Milbrandt Vineyards

    Farming is in our blood. Our parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles all made their living workin...

  • Phelps Creek Vineyards

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

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Oregon on Snooth

  • Long Shadows Nine Hats Riesling 2013


    I don't want to rate it until I try it so how do I get there from here? Read More

    Wine review by barbioU

  • Okay, SIWBM bites the dust.  Bought a half case of Stonestreet's 2012 ... ... Dr. Bergstrom Riesling (Oregon, a total crap shoot at like $13), 2012 Fratelli Giacosa Roero Arneis at $10.  Second Arneis I've bought recently--I had a fantastic Arneis from Brovia while chatting with Clay Mauritson a few weeks ago, and wound up buying a bottle.&nbs Read More

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  • Ryan Patrick Ryan's Riesling 2013


    Classic riesling phenolics on the nose with pleasant aromatics of lemon and pineapple with floral notes as well. Cool ripe apple and tangerine flavors in the mouth, showing a nice touch of sweetness and tart spice flowing through as well, leaving a warming spice and touches of yeast and pleasant minerality on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Gothic Nevermore Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2012


    No written review

    Wine review by alm mtw

  • Gravel Bar Alluvial Red Blend 2013


    Enjoyable wine Read More

    Wine review by calywa

  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2013


    No written review

    Wine review by Krystle lee1

  • Big Table Farm Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2012


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    Wine review by alm mtw

  • Solena Estate Grand Cuvee Pinot Noir 2013


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    Wine review by alm mtw

  • Tenet the Pundit 2013


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    Wine review by alm mtw

  • Wild Meadows Red Beauty 2011


    Lightly herbal red fruit aromas of raspberry and strawberry. Jammy licorice and ripe black cherry flavors in the mouth, this has a fair bit of cinnamon spice and vanilla as well as blueberry fruit syrup, soft violet and milk chocolate notes towards the finish, which is medium-short but leaves some tannins behind. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • 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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