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

  • Syrah

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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • A to Z Wineworks

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

  • Carabella Vineyard

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

  • EIEIO

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

  • Silvan Ridge Winery

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

  • Girardet Wine Cellars & Vineyard

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

  • Coelho Winery

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

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Oregon on Snooth

  • First - A clarification, I'm pretty picky about my pinot's because ... ... is good with food.The A-Z Oregon Pinot Noir of just about any vintage is a good value at around $15-$18 is a good buy.The Siduri Willamette Vally is usually good, but I've noticed a little bit of inconsistency over the years, however the Siduri SLH Pinot is a value at $... Read More

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  • Yamhill Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir Reserve 2014

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    Tomato leaf and cranberry aromas with black cherry and mineral tar notes that are smoky and savory. Palate is red fruited, candied and medium light in body with a medicinal backbone and a touch of flower petals on the mid palate. Finishes tarry and smoky with a cherry cola sweetness. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Seeing that list some of the states have big wine industries (California, Oregon and Virginia) but why Missouri is such friendly place for wine drinkers? Also, from the outside, I see the US as a country that strongly believes in free entreprise, and since the Reagan era has lifted a lot of barriers and regulations. So, why alcoholic beverages d... Read More

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  • Thanks RC.  This cruise was the best one yet.  I think we will do ... ... trip to Napa Valley / Oregon.&nbs Read More

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  • Diego, a few years ago somebody posted a link to a report that discusses your ... ... Nebraska, New Hampshire, Oregon and Virginia were the highest rated states.  All of them:Allow winery-to-consumer shippingAllow retailer-to consumer shippingDo not have government control of wine salesAllow Sunday sales of wineAllow wine sold in grocery store... Read More

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  • Lefty, we have tasted wines in Oregon on several trips to the west coast (2013, 2016), and this year we even visited Washington along with Oregon.  The reds in the Red Mountain AVA of Washington were the best red blends in our opinion.  I hope you can gain access to them.  We did join Long Shadows Vineyards from our trip this past March.In Virgi... Read More

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  • La Crema Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2015

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    No written review

    Wine review by Marlowes


  • Pudding River Wine Cellars Pinot Gris Willamette Valley 2007

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    Dense, full-bodied and incredibly lush, with tropical fruit, pear, ginger, freesia and warm spices. On the palate, youll enjoy the fresh, crisp acids and luscious, full, round flavors. Read More

    Wine review by AnnetteSolomon


  • St. Innocent Villages Cuvee Pinot Noir 2015

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    Exuberant, complex flavors of raspberry and plum tiered with sweet tobacco, chocolate and cola give way to subtle notes of licorice. The velvety, polished tannins make for a long and luxurious finish. Read More

    Wine review by AnnetteSolomon


  • L'Ecole 41 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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    Brooding blackberry and black currant aromas with earthy notes of pencil lead and baking spice. Continues to be dry and rich on the palate with a melting dark chocolate mid palate that surprises with acidic notes of tomato leaf and a finish of red fruit. 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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