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

  • Evening Land Vineyards/ONCE Wines

    Once a year our winemaker collaborates with America's best sommeliers to blend the exclusive wi...

  • Viridian Wines

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

  • Milbrandt Vineyards

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

  • Sockeye Winery

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

  • Panther Creek Cellars

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

  • Silver Falls Vineyards

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

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Oregon on Snooth

  • Adelsheim Breaking Ground Pinot Noir Chehalem Mountains 2014

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    Bright black cherry and sweet baking spice with floral violet notes and hints of tea leaf. Well balanced in the mouth with good acidity and full fruit playing against soft tannins, this delivers fruit notes of raspberry and strawberry with elegant texture and a smooth, clean finish that carries a slight zest and plenty of spice. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Ponzi Vineyards Pinot Noir Rose Willamette Valley 2015

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    Tart strawberry and chunky watermelon aromas with sharp spice and some cherry syrup. This stays quite fresh on the palate with more watermelon notes and cherry, turning towards citrus fruit notes of lime alongside kiwi and a floral finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Ponzi Vineyards Pinot Gris Willamette Valley 2014

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    Floral notes of peach and green apple on the nose with tea leaf and honeysuckle. Fresh, lively and playful on the palate, this demonstrates bold acidity and tart fruit notes of lemon and tangerine next to sweet spice and a cool pear finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Ponzi Tavola Pinot Noir 2014

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    Sweet and savory spice box nose with black cherry and raspberry notes. This is cool and fresh in the mouth with floral and earthy undernotes, a good base of spice with dried chocolate cherries coming up through the midpalate and a finish that delivers a tart herbal note with cranberry and raspberry fruit notes. Clean, fresh and lively. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Hedges Cellars Cabernet Merlot Syrah Cms Columbia Valley 2012

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    Wine review by calywa


  • BL - Our Viking River Cruise down the Rhone last year was a blast, and we tried ... ... as they are close to the Oregon Pinot Noir wines we also enjoy. We never visited El Toreo on Fair Oaks Ave in Pasadena, but we were both living in Southern California in the 70's and 80's.On a side note, I had lunch at Taco Bell this afternoon, after feeding... Read More

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


  • California Sauterne.  Wow.  Talk about a blast from the past.I do ... ... makers from Washington, Oregon and New York that, if you find them, might be worth your checking out.Good luck.  Keep us updated on your finding Read More

    Forum post in the topic Sauterne, Labeled in the sixties


  • Ryan Patrick Rose Columbia Valley 2015

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    Soft violet and rose petal aromas with notes of sweet cranberry and ripe cherry blossom on the nose. In the mouth this is delicate, soft and fleshy with fruit notes of cherry, watermelon and a tart citrus note towards the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • So, we were at Costco a few weeks ago and, surprise, stumbled into the wine ... ... when Peggy picked up an Oregon Riesling.  That is a bit unusual for her, but I also saw a German example.  We read what we could on the back labels and the shelf talkers.  The Oregon one was described as "dry" and the German one was described as "slightly swee... Read More

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  •  I do not know how all this Oregon wine ended up in a warehouse in South London but I reckon somebody could get a bargain. There are also three lots from another US winery ,Carter Cellars which look like selling for a much bigger pricewww.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show108891www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/108892www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/s... Read More

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