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 & owner of TheRealWineJulia.com; as well as, the Oregon Correspondent for Snooth - representing my beautiful Willamette Valley & Southern Oregon. The luscious & elegant Pinot Noir captured my heart a long time ago.

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  • 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...

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  • Panther Creek Cellars

    Panther Creek wines are Oregon's most beautifully packaged and also the most concentrated and age...

  • Silver Falls Vineyards

    ilver Falls Vineyards is a family owned and operated winery located in the mid-Willamette Valley ...

  • Purple Hands Wine

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

  • Sockeye Winery

    In 2003, Andrew Browne launched Precept Wine Brands. He re-joined his partner Dan Baty from Corus...

  • Territorial Vineyards

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

  • A to Z Wineworks

    A to Z Wineworks' partnership blends unique skills. Bill Hatcher brought an extensive backgrou...

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Oregon on Snooth

  • The Eyrie Vineyards Rose of Pinot Noir 2013 2013


    Slightly cloudy pink color. Spice, earth and game, anise on nose. Black currant, plum and hints of banana. Occassional whiffs of neoprene. Deeper and a bit more red wine like than some roses. Interesting Read More

    Wine review by anchca

  • Alloro Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir Chehalem Mountains 2011


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    Wine review by anchca

  • Charles Smith Riesling Columbia Valley Kung Fu Girl 2012


    Had this at Plantation Grill in Kawaiehae, HI 7-19-14. With lobster linguine. Very fruity, sweet and smooth. Fresh! Read More

    Wine review by gimmecab

  • Winter's Hill Vineyard Dundee Hills Pinot Blanc 2013


    This smells terrific, its not very aromatic but then again Pinot Blanc isnt an aromatic grape. what it does deliver is this subtle purity with hints of white fruit, white peach, crab apples, chalky soil notes and a fine base of sweet dried floral notes. Bright and focused in the mouth, this has a fine mineral base on the palate with lively acids... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • This was a Garagiste purchase from a couple years back...good Bordeaux nose, ... ... more than last weeks Oregon Pinot. This is riper fruit, so makes sens Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • Thanks for all the suggestions for Chardonnay's, many untried. A new road ... of California, and southern Oregon, life has gifted us with awesome drinking and toasting treats equal to the culinary delights offered throughout this diverse awesome state.Bon Appetit! It's a good lif Read More

    Forum post in the topic Fat, rich, creamy and buttery...

  • Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Gris Willamette Valley 2013


    Excellent Willamette pinot gris. Ripe pear, golden apple, a spritz of lemon zest, nice acidity and a medium finish. Fairly smooth and a somewhat viscuous tongue coating texture. Definitely one of the better pinot gris' we've had. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • NG - Unfortunately, no stores close to me.  :-(  'We have no ... ... no ... Washington State and Oregon. We have a few stores in Idaho, Nevada and Arizona. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • DV,Not bringing a bike, but might bring shoes, pedals and a kit so I can rent a ... ... think BC Pinot can give Oregon a run for its money.  The BC cool climate seems to be better suited for Pinot than the BDX varieties.  Of course, with this global warming thing Washington and BC will probably be growing humungous Zins and Cabs etc. in anothe... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Syrah Offline 7/19/14 Sonoma...

  • Last night we stopped by the two Crystal City (Virginia) Wine Shops for their ... Noir from Willamette Valley Oregon (by far our favorite), and a sparkler Shiraz from Australia.  Here we purchased four bottles - two of the Pinot Noir, one of the Shiraz and the last one was a Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma Valley (Lake Sonoma).  You might notic... 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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