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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Award-winning Wine Writer & Publisher/Creative Content Producer of TheRealWineJulia.com. Snooth Contributor & Professional Wine Judge. Completely charmed by Oregon's earthy, elegant Pinot Noirs.

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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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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

  • Cardwell Hill Cellars

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

  • Ayoub

    After a long and careful search to find the best site possible to plant Pinot Noir, Mohamad “Mo” ...

  • 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 ...

  • Viridian Wines

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

  • 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

  • Alloro Estate Chardonnay Chehalem Mountains 2013

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    Wine review by anchca


  • Hey Rex,We caught the wine bug years ago with a trip to Napa.  My wife and ... Santa Barbara, Washington, Oregon, NY (Long Island and the Finger Lakes), even our home state of NJ.  We've made visits in Portugal Australia, the Dalmatian coast (including Grgich in his native Croatia) plus multiple trips to Italy, Spain and France.  As they say in... Read More

    Forum post in the topic How did your wine interest...


  • Charles Smith Kung Fu Girl Riesling Columbia Valley 2013

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    Delightful libation, great with food or by itself. Low acidity for a Reisling, but outstanding nonetheless. Read More

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • Elk Cove Pinot Noir Rosé Willamette Valley 2013

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    Really nice rose of pinot noir from Willamette. Light and lively with a nose of fresh strawberry. The flavor profile is a bit floral, with tart cherry, a splash of slightly under ripe strawberry and a bit of creamy lime on the finish. Tart mouth watering acidity plays well with the bright fruit. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Columbia Valley Chardonnay 2012

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    Citrus with melon notes. Simple wine with light oak on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Milbrandt Traditions Riesling 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by MrRiesling


  • We'll be bringing a bottle of white (2012 Domaine Serene Chardonnay - ... ... ... the Willamette Valley in Oregon of course.  Usually Sandra cooks the turkey at our house, but this year we somehow talked her mother into cooking it.  I hope everything goes well. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Thanksgiving Wines


  • Sawtooth Riesling 2012

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    Golden apple and beeswax aromas with some country road dust and a bit of hay. Showing some sweetness on the palate, with honeysuckle and orange blossom. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • King Estate Signature Pinot Gris 2007

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    Nearly all Oregon Pinot Gris are very good. Read More

    Wine review by maxie1231


  • Funny thing about these lava lamps - they were just for me to view since this ... Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon.  Even Sandra guessed incorrectly on this one, thinking it was a Cabernet Franc from Washington.  We did serve two bottles of sparkling wine at the start, one of which is shown below.  They were a hit and got the guests ready f... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


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