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 »

Mentor for Oregon Wines

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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

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

  • Purple Hands Wine

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

  • Sockeye Winery

    In 2003, Andrew Browne launched Precept Wine Brands. He re-joined his partner Dan Baty from Corus...

  • Panther Creek Cellars

    Panther Creek wines are Oregon's most beautifully packaged and also the most concentrated and age...

  • Silver Falls Vineyards

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

  • Coelho Winery

    Coelho Winery is a small family-owned winery located in Amity, Oregon. Our vineyard was planted ...

  • Territorial Vineyards

    Locally owned, locally grown, locally vinified and locally rockin,' Territorial wines are certifi...

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Oregon on Snooth

  • Roserock By Drouhin Oregon Eola-Amity Hills Chardonnay 2015

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    Tangerine peel and fresh apple aromas with touches of lemon and honeysuckle on the nose. Smooth, silky textured yet still assertive on the palate, this brings crisp apple and lemon fruit flavors to the fore, sustaining for quite a while before yielding to a short honeyed oats and creamy vanilla finish. 92 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Joel Gott Washington Red 2015

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    No written review

    Wine review by Marlowes


  • Charles & Charles Cabernet Sauvignon & Syrah 2014

    Snoothrank:

    Really good and very approachable. Plenty of fruit, cassis, a little coffee, anise, vanilla. The tannins are there to add a grip to the body and fill out with a dark cherry note intermingled with driving acidity. Well done - drink through 2018 - 90 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Jezebel Pinot Noir Oregon 2014

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    Tilting to old world in style and a bit shy on the nose with just a hint of dark cherries. Dark cherry on entry that transitions to tart acidity with a lightly tannined sour cherry finish. Very enjoyable. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2013

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    Always solid - this and their Merlot offer great QPR drinking at this level. Large dark berry fruits, red plum, chewy tannins and driving acidity make this an easy everyday drinking choice. 88 points - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • A To Z Winery 'Rose' Sangiovese 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by FFLADY


  • Long Shadows Nine Hats Columbia Valley Red 2015

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    Fantastic wine. Floral boutique. Read More

    Wine review by icbang


  • The wine challenge went off with a couple of hitches in the get along. ... my ... my double chocolate fudge/Oregon sweet dark cherry brownies and plenty of other stuff to much and top items with - one was my chipotle aioli that I make - it double as dip and a filling for deviled eggs.My wife, Charlene and good Rick with Kasey as things were ju... Read More

    Forum post in the topic 10th Annual 2017 Northwoods...


  • DM, I completely agree that this report was "dumbed down." ... which, I think, is in Oregon.  I'd never heard of it--no big surprise, there.I looked for this article on-line, but drew a blank.  My guess is that Sunset will put it in their archive in a month or so Read More

    Forum post in the topic Cost of a Bottle of Wine


  • The Sunset magazine that arrived today had a (very) short article on some ... ... it looks like they are in Oregon.20.6% -- Price of the fruit. 7.8% -- Labor--winery staff. 16.1% -- Fermentation and aging--the winery, itself, plus barrels and other equipment. 10.5% -- Packaging--bottles, corks, labels, boxes. . . . 45% -- Profit.It is only one... Read More

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