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

  • Milbrandt Vineyards

    Farming is in our blood. Our parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles all made their living workin...

  • Purple Hands Wine

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

  • Territorial Vineyards

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

  • Silvan Ridge Winery

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

  • Viridian Wines

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

  • 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

  • Baer Winery Star 2013

    Snoothrank:

    Great red wine from Washington. Easy to drink with a lush finish. Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity


  • EM - I thought you already turned the corner on Pinot Noir, just needing to try a few Oregon Pinot's.I'm not sure I understand this comment, Al.  Let me try to give my general opinion on Pinot Noirs.  Keep in mind, though, this opinion is evolving and may change, tomorrow.I really think that store shelves are awash with mediocre-to-bad Pinot Noi... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines - Post Pictures...


  • EM - I thought you already turned the corner on Pinot Noir, just needing to try a few Oregon Pinot's.  Am I mistaken?We enjoyed a nice dinner at Morton's Steakhouse in Georgetown (Washington DC) last night, prior to a chamber music performance (Leila Josefowicz in Recital) at The Kennedy Center.  I selected a 2001 Grand Reserva Rioja from their ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines - Post Pictures...


  • Firesteed Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2014

    Snoothrank:

    Light bodied with a little red fruit and lots of acidity. Pretty wine but not much enjoyment. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • RC, that looks quite tasty.  I had not heard of 'A to Z Wineworks' in Oregon.  Let me know how that tastes when you open it. Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Well, this Pinot is closer to $42 a bottle.  A most excellent example of ... ... of the Willamette Valley Oregon Pinot Noir however.  Highly recommended.  I opened this one for Sandra tonight after we watched the grand kids for three hours.  I had a small glass and loved i Read More

    Forum post in the topic Ever-Changing Value Wines -...


  • Domaine Ste Michelle Michelle Brut Rose NV

    Snoothrank:

    Cherry, strawberry and grapefruit aromas with a light brioche note. Tart and refreshing palate with a touch of mixed berry sweetness on the attack, a flash of molasses and a zesty and quite acidity driven red fruit palate towards the long cranberry finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • The under $20.00 mark is tough. La Crema's Monterey is medium bodied and ... ... food. Jezebel Pinot Noir Oregon by the Willful Wine Company pushes the $20.00 mark is lighter, more old world is style and enjoyable. Does anyone have anything French they can recommen Read More

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  • Dancin Vineyards Pinot Noir 'Ballerina' 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • First - A clarification, I'm pretty picky about my pinot's because ... ... is good with food.The A-Z Oregon Pinot Noir of just about any vintage is a good value at around $15-$18 is a good buy.The Siduri Willamette Vally is usually good, but I've noticed a little bit of inconsistency over the years, however the Siduri SLH Pinot is a value at $... Read More

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