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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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

  • Silvan Ridge Winery

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

  • Carabella Vineyard

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

  • Stangeland Vineyards and Winery

    2500 case winery specializing in Pinot Noir of the Willamette Valley and Eola-Amity Hills AVA. Al...

  • Silver Falls Vineyards

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

  • Alexana Winery

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

  • Waterbrook Winery

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

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Oregon on Snooth

  • Just checked Cellar Tracker of my 117 bottles 47% come from Washington or Oregon,only 8% from California,28% from Italy and 10% from France. I have found that the best QPR is Washington or Oregon. The only exception I make is Chardonnay which in my opinion only France is worth the price  Read More

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  • Spent two weeks last year in Oregon and Washington tasting wines,have come to the conclusion that 85% of the wines that I buy,will be from either Oregon or Washington this does not include Italian wines which is my favorite. The wines I get from Washington or Syrahs,Cabs and bourdeaux blends..I also like Long Shadows have several of the Chester ... Read More

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  • Thanks Stephen, even Oregon has a ways to go on these issues of selection and vine age.I was out dining last night at an Italian restaurant, and in the mood to try a good Pinot Nero, but the producers were not so hot, was more of a house wine.  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Aussie Pinot Noirs


  • Jack, we love the Washington red blends from the Columbia Valley.  We ... ... March trip to Washington and Oregon; ended up joining Long Shadows winery in Walla Walla.Today I picked up our May allocation from Medlock Ames.  Some nice reds here, along with Chardonna Read More

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  • Hi SSS, and welcome!AL, Oregon wines are so good in general, unfortenatelly it's not easy to find one in CA =/  Darren, where did you get that bottle? Read More

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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot Indian Wells Columbia Valley 2013

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    Well done wine. Blackberry, dark cherry notes are front and center leading to additional mocha, spice and a medium tannic with balanced acidity finish. 90 points - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • 14 Hands Vineyards Red Blend Limited Release Kentucky Derby 2014

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    Bought this again this year. Nice party wine. Medium fruit, medium acidity, medium tannin something everyone can enjoy. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • L'Ecole 41 Columbia Valley Merlot 1997

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    The color is a nice even purple with some amber around the edges and very nice clarity. The nose presents a wonderful Bordeaux-esque combination of ripe plum, blackberry and leather, over a good bit of funk, with just a hint of mint and dried herbs. The taste is just fantastic, with still bright fruit notes of plum and blackberry that burst fo... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • L'Ecole 41 Columbia Valley Merlot 1998

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    I decanted the wine for about an hour before my first pour and it's a nice garnet color with a hint of amber along the edges and great clarity. The nose presents lovely aromas of ripe berries, blackberry, cherry and raspberry over some earthy notes of leather and cedar. The taste is reminiscent of a fine Bordeaux, with some ripe black fruit up... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Hedges Family Estate Red Mountain 2012

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    The wine is a deep inky indigo at the center with bright ruby along the edges. The nose presents aromas of leather, oak, blackberry and mint, somewhat of an old school Bordeaux vibe. The taste is much less intimidating than the nose might suggest, with a rush of cherry cola, licorice and dried herbs that transition nicely to some earthy notes ... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


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