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

  • 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

  • Waterbrook Winery

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

  • Wine by Joe

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

  • Chateau Bianca

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

  • Evening Land Vineyards/ONCE Wines

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

  • EIEIO

    At EIEIO & Company we make the best possible wine we can without compromise. To date, this is a ...

  • Viridian Wines

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

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Oregon on Snooth

  • Seven Hills Merlot 2011

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    THEE wine of the night!!! WOW this was stellar. Sitting for 3 years has really done it's job - it's married up to a huge wine - can you can say red meat? Pizza? BBQ? Smoked...grilled? Seasoned chicken off the grill. Large blackberry, plum profile. Add chocolate, wood, herbal notes, pepper and spice, dark currant will grainy chewy tannins and las... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Seven Hills Merlot 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by khovey


  • Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir Founders' Reserve 2014

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    E had at prime 47 Read More

    Wine review by gmb468


  • Elk Cove Estate Riesling 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by rverant


  • King Estate Acrobat Pinot Gris 2014

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    Another King Estate success story with pinot gris. This bottle was easily the best entry level pinot gris I've ever had. Fresh in a word. Melon, tropical fruits, apple (Granny Smith) and juicy acidity make this a perfect sitting on the deck on a warm spring or summer day quaffer. Drink now - Paul 88 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Pike Road Pinot Gris Willamette Valley 2015

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    Fleshy dried apricot, honey and melon aromas in the glass are a nice opener for a palate that's full of green apple and melon notes. This is full and fruity with a toasted nutty character towards the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • 14 Hands Vineyards Red Blend Limited Release Kentucky Derby 2013

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    Neat series. Goes great at my annual Derby party. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Buried Cane Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by polle


  • Willamette Valley Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir 2014

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    Beautifully rich and floral aromas of violet and warm baking spice, ripe cherry and elegant minerality on the nose. This holds up beautifully in the palate with a round and full mouth full of tart cherry, raspberry and red currant, fresh acidity in perfect balance with tannic structure, and delicate salinity drying out the palate at just the rig... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Elk Cove Pinot Noir Willamette Estate 2010

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    Spicy, smooth and fruit forward leaves this small production Pinot Noir worth ... ... lose out. Really great Oregon ge Read More

    Wine review by sbr1105


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