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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Bishop Creek Cellars

    We believe that the art of winemaking starts with quality fruit. Planted in 1988, our grapes come...

  • Purple Hands Wine

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

  • Viridian Wines

    ROLLING HILLS, FERTILE VALLEYS and lush stretches of green as far as the eye can see, describe th...

  • Cardwell Hill Cellars

    Along the southernmost slope of Cardwell Hill, the vineyard encompasses a total of 57 acres. Thi...

  • Evening Land Vineyards/ONCE Wines

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

  • Chateau Bianca

    Chateau Bianca Winery is a family owned and operated winery established in the mid-1980’s. The an...

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Oregon on Snooth

  • Siduri Chehalem Mountains Pinot Noir 2008

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    Wine review by shaldane


  • Dancin Vineyards Chardonnay 2015

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    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • Firesteed Pinot Noir 2013

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    This is the best Pinot at this price point hands down. Read More

    Wine review by wlstiles3


  • No thanks - one of my phobias in life - but you go ahead in my place. Read More

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  • This whole discussion about speed only relates to the inclement weather going through the cascades.  I moved to the right to let the idiots pass me, but sometimes trucks are taking the right two lanes going up the hill and I had to be in the left lane - going a safe speed I might add.  If I wasn't near or passing a truck, then I was over to the ... Read More

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  • Only when the tires are nice and warm and the road is dry, then RBA lets her rip!!!  Read More

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  • You always drive within the limit on your Harley, Al?  ;-) Read More

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  • I don't understand why people insist on exceeding the speed limit in inclement weather.  Your tires have less traction, your visibility is reduced and your wife is screaming, "Slow down!".  I tend to drive the speed limit in these situations.  That's why I'm still alive....  Read More

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  • Thank God Richard drove when we were in the Bay area a few years ago.   The forum might be short a few people had Greg been at the wheel!  ;) Read More

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  • "The drive through the Cascades yesterday was very stressful due to rain, fog and people that drive too fast."Hilarious. One thing I can't stand is people who decide that they're going to do a decent civilized forty miles an hour and everyone else in the world be damned because that's just fast enough for any human being.I thought it was a west ... Read More

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