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

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

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

  • Silver Falls Vineyards

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

  • Cloudline Cellars

    Cloudline Cellars represents a first for Dreyfus, Ashby—our own wine. Given our love for Pino...

  • Wine by Joe

    Yes, there really is a Joe! Joe Dobbes is the man behind your bottle of Wine By Joe. As the sole ...

  • Evening Land Vineyards/ONCE Wines

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

  • Waterbrook Winery

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

  • Carabella Vineyard

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

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Oregon on Snooth

  • Cooper Hill Pinot Noir 2013

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    Had a sip of this on day two, which happened to be July 4, 2016. I will be ... ... next trip to Chicago. Viva Orego Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Left Coast Cellars Truffle Hill Chardonnay Willamette Valley 2015

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    Chunky melon, peach and lemon aromas with a lot of life and a hint of a sweet floral note coming through on the nose. In the mouth this is much softer, still showing peach and melon notes up front, with calm acidity. This is pleasantly approachable and finishes quite clean with a bit of apricot and lemon zest. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Acrobat Pinot Noir 2012

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    Much like the Hahn this offered rich fruit - dark cherry but more red berry fruit, soft and elegant with spice, earth and cocao. This finish was lingering and mouthwatering. No wonder this was WS Top 100 for only $13. Drink now - Paul 89 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Acrobat Pinot Noir 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by terrymiami


  • Trip summary of Columbia Gorge and more...Phelps Creek: Don't be put off ... ... Both Washington & Oregon vineyards.Analemma: 100% Gorge grown grapes. The ribbon-like emblem on the bottle signifies boundless or infinity. Once again there is a NZ influence. One of the vineyards, Atavus, is both organic & biodynamic. Wines include mostly pinot ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Columbia gorge


  • Milbrandt Vineyards Riesling Traditions 2014

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    Light lemon aromas with more lemon and grapefruit flavors on the palate and warming spice with some sharp acidity and a touch of cream on the finish. Tart and refreshing. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot Columbia Valley 2013

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    Always delivers - always a good value also. Dark berry fruits, pepper spice, chocolate, a note of oak ride a medium bodied, smooth drinking fun bottle of wine. Great for grilling beef and a bonfire. Drink now - Paul 88 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot Columbia Valley 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by baileyshell


  • Last night we drank a Lafond Syrah SRH from (duh!) the Santa Rita HIlls.  ... She also got two bottles of Oregon PN in appreciation. This is a seriously good wine, my favorite from that region, in fact, and it's only $20 when you go to the tasting room, or so it's been in my experience. (The website says $23, which still isn't bad.)  A little ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Paul, thanks for the link.  You can activate it using the bar right above ... ... of that article tested Oregon PN that had been mistaken for "VR." Throw that into the mix, too.  Without knowing which was which, could they, by analysis, identify where the wine came from?  Imagine that it came out over the course of several vintages nearly ide... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Was wondering if anyone's...


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