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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • 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...

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

  • 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...

  • Carabella Vineyard

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

  • Phelps Creek Vineyards

    A small, artisan producer focused on Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Gewurztraminer grown within the C...

  • Dusty Cellars Winery

    Small family owned and operated winery on Camano Island, WA. Committed to quality hand crafted wi...

  • Coelho Winery

    Coelho Winery is a small family-owned winery located in Amity, Oregon. Our vineyard was planted ...

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Oregon on Snooth

  • Another good curated email list from Washington is Full Pull.  Paul ... ... Then he expanded to include Oregon.  Now he offers wines from around the world.  His writing is good, with back stories on the wineries and wine.  His tasting notes are accurate and don't contain the hype of Rimmerman over at Garagiste. : Read More

    Forum post in the topic Quality online wine...


  • Bridgeview Riesling Oregon Blue Moon 2008

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    Wine review by marymarchell


  • Just old pioneer/farming/ranching stock where I came from so nothing as fancy ... ... pink sparkling from Oregon with that bird. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Need a wine for this birdie


  • Some nice wines in that field that maybe even GregT could love. The Copain most ... likely I'd guess. That Oregon Pinot was really nice to Read More

    Forum post in the topic 3 years ago today...


  • A To Z Chardonnay 2014

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    rich, structured, buttery :) Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Charles Smith Wines Merlot the Velvet Devil Columbia Valley 2014

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    Very nice garnet color with purple/cranberry colors along the rim. The aromas are deep berry like(blackberry, cherry, blueberry), Earthy, slightly of spice and the flavors...wow! Very smooth fruit, black skinned berry and Earthy quality....mouthfeel is silky, and of smooth tannins that finishes juicy yet dry enough to want another taste soon a... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Troon Vineyard Longue Carabine Applegate Valley 2014

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    Soft oak notes with hints of peach, white grape, honey and a touch of salted caramel on the nose. More white peach and cream on the palate, this is smooth and rich but shows good fresh spice, some lemon zest, more caramel baked apples and a long finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • We will be in the state of Washington and then briefly in Oregon from the 4th through the 15th of March 2017.  Wish we had the time to drive down to Napa / Sonoma for another stay at that Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa. Read More

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


  • Another evening out in the district today; started with a play called The ... ... ... which I first tried in Oregon earlier this year at the Thai Pepper restaurant.  Very nice wine but Sandra enjoyed her glass of Loveblock Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough, New Zealand) even more.  Her glass had a bit more acidity and I did like it.  Sandra's salm... Read More

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  • The Virginia wine industry has made great strides towards better wines in the ... ...  In California and Oregon, there are so many excellent wines that you need a calculator to count them al Read More

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