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...

  • 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

  • Sockeye Winery

    In 2003, Andrew Browne launched Precept Wine Brands. He re-joined his partner Dan Baty from Corus...

  • Phelps Creek Vineyards

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

  • Purple Hands Wine

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

  • Ayoub

    After a long and careful search to find the best site possible to plant Pinot Noir, Mohamad “Mo” ...

  • Panther Creek Cellars

    Panther Creek wines are Oregon's most beautifully packaged and also the most concentrated and age...

  • Silvan Ridge Winery

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

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Oregon on Snooth

  • Winter's Hill Estate Watershed Pinot Noir Dundee Hills 2015

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    Clear, impressively fruited nose redolent of cherries, raspberries and cream with vanilla notes and a touch of smoke. In the mouth this is herbal and earthy, with thick streaks of tarry toast and smoke layered with blueberry, cherry and raspberry fruit, a tart focused palate towards the finish with cherry cola and chocolate.89 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Winter's Hill Estate Watershed Pinot Gris Dundee Hills 2015

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    Light green apple and lemon aromas, notes of white blossom and even a bit of tangerine. In the mouth, this is cool and crisp on entry, with green apple and young pear notes and a zesty acidity adding a bit of bite to the mid palate where a creamy, green, golden berry note emerges and glides through to the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Rain Dance Nicholas Vineyard Estate Chardonnay Chehalem Mountains 2015

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    Buttery aromas of vanilla, soft apple and white peach with a hint of white pepper. Clean, medium bodied yet full flavored with loads of almond, apple, and peach notes, the cream and butter flavor continues through to the palate where it's met by rich oak notes and a finish of eternal length. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • As in, "Did you finish off that cheap Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon so ... Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon"?  Yes.  There is still some Pinot left for Sandra too.  Last night's dinner with her father was a beer event (special Trader Joe's beer from the holiday season) with Chinese food while we watched Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy togeth... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Good pinot noir in the $30...


  • Stoller Vineyards Dundee Hills Pinot Noir 2015

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    Red fruited that edges into a dark cherry mid palate. Plenty of acididty to balance with a touch of oak to pretty it up. Really nice food wine. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Scott Kelley Tempranillo 2015

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    No written review

    Wine review by anstett


  • Ok guys, I know someone out there has been drinking a few Washington State ... ... ... & Pamela (both from Oregon - here for the previous day protest in Washington DC).  I don't remember the price per bottle for these but I believe it was closer to $60 a bottle rather than $30.  I shared the experience in the political topic thread, so I will... Read More

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


  • We were pouring many wines last night at our farewell wine dinner for protest ... ... [61]) that came out from Oregon last week; they fly back tomorrow.  Our local friend Lynn also came over (she protested too) and they brought over a few bottles with them.  We opened the Spanish Monastrell that they picked up from Trader Joe's, but I would no... Read More

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  • Our protest friends came over last night for a lovely wine dinner.  Patti ... ... (one of two friends from Oregon) gave me a gift she had brought with her, a Trump faced dart board!  I swapped it out with my old dart board and now I'm ready for the next party!Oh, the government is still shut down.  I hope it stays that way for a while to make ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Current thoughts on our...


  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley Indian Wells 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by babyubu1


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