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

  • 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...

  • 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...

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

  • Silvan Ridge Winery

    : Silvan Ridge-Hinman Vineyards was established in 1979 and is the oldest winery in Lane County....

  • Alexana Winery

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

  • EIEIO

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

  • Girardet Wine Cellars & Vineyard

    Philippe Girardet was born and raised in Switzerland near the headwaters of the Rhone, a French-s...

  • A to Z Wineworks

    A to Z Wineworks was started in 2002 by four friends, Oregon wine industry veterans, Deb Hatch...

  • Purple Hands Wine

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

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Oregon on Snooth

  • Keep him out of the Napa and Sonoma Valleys plus Oregon Read More

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  • Joel Gott Oregon Pinot Gris 2015

    Snoothrank:

    Made like a cali chard, ripe, lighter acidity and has seen a touch of wood. Tasty just not up my alley. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Treveri Blanc de Noirs Brut Columbia Valley NV

    Snoothrank:

    Light, salmon color. A savory spice greets the nose with red fruit aromas of strawberry and cherry. A touch of medicine and licorice to start, this warms in the mouth with more light red fruit notes of watermelon and cherry with a finish of dried fruit. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • As mentioned in the other thread, if it's classic Bordeaux blends from the ... - all well regarded) Oregon - Pinot Noir & ChardonnayThe producers I've enjoyed may not make it to Oz, even at auction!-Cameron (Clos Electrique, makes a red and white from this vineyard, both top notch)-Amalie-Robert (Lots of wines, but the Estate Pinot or Amalie's... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Aussie Wine in the US


  • Does anybody know how napa prices compare to those in Washington and Oregon? I find the QPR in Washington and Oregon is better than California  Read More

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  • Night and day on prices between Napa and anywhere else in the US. Oregon has lower real estate prices, cheaper labor, lower taxes etc... Read More

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  • Outthere I agree the type of tasting you do should not be free. I would assume ... a two week tasting trip to Oregon and Washington, would go to 4-5 wineries a day to taste and the end of the day had not consumed much more than a glass of wine. We do have wine tasting at the club I belong to, quit participating because people were just to drin... Read More

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  • Al - Not it's not sweet at all.  It just has those flavors and nuances ... Va. wines to those of say Oregon or Wash or Cali or anywhere else in the world for that matte Read More

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  • Scott Kelley Pinot Noir Oregon 2015

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    A recent Naked Wines selection. Pale, translucent tan Ruby in the Glass. Opens with a light cherry cola; then a bit of thyme, cola, and pomegranate; finally a bit of currant, green bell pepper, and summer grass. A bit thin and light, but with smooth tannins and a refreshing bit of acidity. Soft, medium long finish of cranberry, cola, and leather... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • RC - As with most regions, there are good wineries and not so good wineries. ... mediocre.  California, Oregon and Washington probably have an order of magnitude more exceptional wineries.  Our favorite Winery in Virginia has been RdV; I think there are only a few (out of around 250) here at this leve Read More

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