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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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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Wine by Joe

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

  • Alexana Winery

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


    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....

  • Silver Falls Vineyards

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

  • Dusty Cellars Winery

    Small family owned and operated winery on Camano Island, WA. Committed to quality hand crafted wi...

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Oregon on Snooth

  • Tenet the Pundit 2013


    http://2015.top100.winespectator.com/lists/ Read More

    Wine review by alm mtw

  • Wild Meadows Red Beauty 2011


    Lightly herbal red fruit aromas of raspberry and strawberry. Jammy licorice and ripe black cherry flavors in the mouth, this has a fair bit of cinnamon spice and vanilla as well as blueberry fruit syrup, soft violet and milk chocolate notes towards the finish, which is medium-short but leaves some tannins behind. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • LuckyLucy, let me also welcome you to Snooth!  If you're looking for ... for ... just seemed like an Oregon pinot night. Opened two '11s for a side by side.The Arborbrook was an extremely enjoyable Chehalem Mtns. pinot. Cherry cola and black cherry on the nose. More of the cherry cola on the tongue with some cranberry and fresh rhubarb. There... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • Willakenzie Estate Pinot Noir Kiana 2011


    Excellent Willakenzie Yamhill-Carlton Pinot Noir. A bit herbaceous on the nose. The palate has a lot of ripe red and dark cherry with just a hint of lime. This has some really nice acidity balanced with the fruit, supple fine grained tannins and a fairly long finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Arborbrook Vineyards Pinot Noir Origin 1866 Chehalem Mountains 2011


    2011 vintage. Extremely enjoyable Chehalem Mtns. Oregon pinot. Cherry cola and black cherry on the nose. More of the cherry cola on the tongue with some cranberry and fresh rhubarb. There are fairly well resolved tannins, mouth watering acidity and a medium finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Evening Land Seven Springs Pinot Noir 2012


    #3 of the 2015 Wine Spectator Top 100 Read More

    Wine review by Mr Dolce

  • Thanks for clearing that up JD.  Looks like a fun party.  I would be ... be ... tasted has been from Oregon, and that includes Burgundy too.  Of course, I'm talking $100+ bottles from Williamette Valley here, and I certainly haven't gone much above that price poin Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines

  • Ch St Michelle Dry Riesling 2013


    Pears and pineapple on the nose. Despite the label, this is a slight off dry wine that was loved by the masses on Thanksgiving. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • Barnard Griffin Chardonnay 2013


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    Wine review by tact1922

  • Willow Crest Riesling Yakima Valley 2012


    Classic Riesling phenolics and minerality on the nose with green apple and soft peach as well. Showing fresh in the mouth with pear and green apple notes, some cereal notes as well and a bit of toast on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

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