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 & 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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Chateau Bianca

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

  • EIEIO

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

  • Cloudline Cellars

    Cloudline Cellars represents a first for Dreyfus, Ashby—our own wine. Given our love for Pino...

  • Evening Land Vineyards/ONCE Wines

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

  • Carabella Vineyard

    All Carabella wines are sourced from our 58 acre site in Oregon's Chehalem Mountains. We produce ...

  • Cardwell Hill Cellars

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

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Oregon on Snooth

  • Kirkland Signature Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2015

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    Garnet in color. Medium light in body. Ripe cherry on the nose but pretty light. Red fruited with medium acidity and light tannins on a shortish finish. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Acrobat Rose of Pinot Noir

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    Dry fruity start with a clean sweet finish. Although I'm a fan of sweet wet through and through, this would likely appeal to someone who wants to be very clear that they're consuming wine. Hefty kick, so a little of this dinner wine goes a long way, which is a pleasant plus. Read More

    Wine review by Aegelis


  • Yamhill Valley Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2014

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    Intriguing licorice and earthy bramble aromas with fresh cherries and strawberries and a smoky note. Soft, gentle on entry but generous on the palate with bold cherry and cranberry flavors, smoky earth and spice and a finish of mineral tar and leather that adds a bit of austerity to the end of this complex bottle. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Eminent Domaine Pinot Noir First Protocol 2013

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    Excellent flavor, complex, smooth, notes of blackberry and spice. Read More

    Wine review by gaudiumvino67


  • Knudsen Vineyards Pinot Noir Dundee Hills 2015

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    Tart sour cherry and floral wildberry aromas with hints of dusky cranberry and fresh spice. The palate is a full bowl of cherries, round and generous with sweet spice and creamy vanilla notes through the mid palate, finishing with a clean light red currant and cranberry note and gentle tannins, zesty spice and a touch of candied herb. Very pleas... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


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  • Rain Dance Nicholas Vineyard Estate Chardonnay Chehalem Mountains 2016

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    Green apple aromas with notes of white blossom and green melon. Round, a bit tart yet crisp on the palate with notes of green apple and peach and a green note showing on the mid palate, green melon rind and a finish of warm spice. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Rain Dance Nicholas Vineyard Estate Chardonnay Chehalem Mountains 2016

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    Green apple aromas with notes of white blossom and green melon. Round, a bit tart yet crisp on the palate with notes of green apple and peach and a green note showing on the mid palate, green melon rind and a finish of warm spice. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Left Coast Cellars Pinot Noir Cali's Cuvee 2015

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    Fruity with balancing acid and light tannins. Easy drinker that everyone can enjoy. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Ledger David Cellars Sauvignon Blanc Rogue Valley Southern Oregon 2016

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    Tropical fruit and herb notes on the nose with a bit of lemon ice. Lemon and grapefruit notes on the palate with a touch of soft sweet fruit and medium acidity. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


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