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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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...

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Chardonnay

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

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

  • Waterbrook Winery

    Waterbrook Winery in the heart of Walla Walla, Washington is known for producing highly acclaimed...

  • Stangeland Vineyards and Winery

    2500 case winery specializing in Pinot Noir of the Willamette Valley and Eola-Amity Hills AVA. Al...

  • EIEIO

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

  • Phelps Creek Vineyards

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

  • Alexana Winery

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

  • Stone Wolf Vineyards

    Stone Wolf has been producing wines of quality and flair since 1998. At what is now a memorable p...

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Oregon on Snooth

  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Sauvignon Blanc Horse Heaven Hills Horse Heaven Vineyard 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by luxofish


  • I've had some nice cheap PN from NZ, but nothing that stood out.  If ... ... points, with a does of Oregon as well.  I haven't brought myself to learn the terroir of NZ, especially since I'm not running out to drink more of their SB.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic The World's Next Biggest Wine...


  • That's because you're talking about secondary roads through the ... ... How does the guy market the Oregon grapes?  California or Oregon Cellared in Californi Read More

    Forum post in the topic Pahrump Valley Winery (Nevada)


  • Fruit fom Anapolis out in the True takes 2-1/2 hrs to get to Santa Rosa. Alder ... trucks his fruit down from Oregon and up from SLH. Bedrock from Lodi to Sonoma. It happens all the time with most wineries.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Pahrump Valley Winery (Nevada)


  • Depending on traffic, shipping grapes from up near Calistoga to Yountville ... ... with wines they make from Oregon grapes.  No way they are driving those grapes down I-5.  I'm not sure what Adam Lee at Siduri does with all the grapes he contracts for out of the Central Coast,but they would have to go all the way to Santa Rosa--which I think t... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Pahrump Valley Winery (Nevada)


  • I have not yet tasted what you would consider an aged Pinot Noir. ... (my ... (my favorites have been from Oregon), so I would be very interested in knowing how well a PN can hold up over time.  In checking the wineries web page I understand there is a long-term focus on producing highly-rated PN's.  &nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Another sucky evening of...


  • AOA,Can you buy much Washington wine in Nevada?  I'm a big fan of ... ... ... they have some Wash and Oregon wines. I'll make a trip to TW next week and let ya know what they have.There's a few smaller wine stores, but I haven't noticed what they carry. I only went in for a few moments just to check out their selection of French wines.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • I have had the pleasure the last few days to taste some nice wines courtesy of ... of ... in the wings is an Oregon Pinot Noir 2007 from Erath (unknown to me) an Eden Valley Riesling from Peter Lehman and also a further G. Meffre Cotes du Rhone 2009 (this time) with hopefully some pizzaz. So far, apart from the Aglianico its all been a great ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Buried Cane Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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    Wine review by calywa


  • Duck Pond Pinot Grigio Willamette Valley 2007

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    Just had a glass of Duck Pond Pinot Grigio at a restaurant (Beach Café, Kirkland). It was undrinkable. Like tap water with a twist of lemon juice. Server had a new bottle opened which was fresher tasting but still insipidly thin and so dry as to be sour. Read More

    Wine review by willhargr


  • 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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