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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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

  • Chateau Bianca

    Chateau Bianca Winery is a family owned and operated winery established in the mid-1980’s. The an...

  • Ayoub

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

  • 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...

  • Carabella Vineyard

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

  • Girardet Wine Cellars & Vineyard

    Philippe Girardet was born and raised in Switzerland near the headwaters of the Rhone, a French-s...

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Oregon on Snooth

  • Cooper Mountain Vineyards Pinot Noir Cooper Hill 2013


    Fine grained earth and oak notes on the nose with soft cherry fruit and a bit of savory spice. This shows quite floral in the mouth, expressing itself through bright acidity and mellow earth, then settling in to blue fruit notes and a cherry finish that's a touch medicinal. Good tannic structure from the attack through the finish, with generous ... Read More

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  • Patricia Green Cellars Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Estate 2003


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  • Ponzi Vineyards Pinot Blanc Willamette Valley 2015


    Fruity and floral stone fruit aromas of peach and apricot with green apple and white grape notes on the nose. This has lovely balance and a soft demeanor in the mouth with elegance and style both. Fruit notes of green apple and pear combine with white blossom against a backdrop of lemon that pops with bright and zesty acidity, landing on a warm ... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Stoller Vineyards Chardonnay 2015


    Light fruit aromas of pear and green apple with notes of beeswax and blossom. Carries a lot of citrus on the palate, delivering bright acidity and notes of lemon and lime zest through to the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Stoller Family Estate Chardonnay Reserve Dundee Hills 2014


    Caramel and melon aromas on the nose with vanilla and red apple notes and a floral, blossom note. Juicy and fresh in the mouth and quite expressive, this opens with peach and pineapple notes and follows with tart lemon zest and oaky butter adding a further depth before the citrus and cedar box finish with a touch of sweet spice. 92 pts Read More

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  • Chehalem Pinot Noir Three Vineyard 2014


    Pure strawberry and cherry fruit aromas with cinnamon spice and cool flower petal notes on the nose. Zesty and appealing in the mouth with plenty of ripe cherry and mixed berry fruit, soft and gentle earth and even a touch of cherry syrup and red licorice on the finish. Read More

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  • Adelsheim Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2014


    Quite elegant and smooth on the nose, this is fruit forward and approachable with notes of ripe black cherry, red licorice, bold cinnamon spice and a soft herbal note adding some complexity. Impressive balance on the palate with tart fruit character of ripe red currant, strawberry and lots of bright cherry, this is full and fresh and fruity with... Read More

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  • Adelsheim Breaking Ground Pinot Noir Chehalem Mountains 2014


    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

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  • Ponzi Vineyards Pinot Noir Rose Willamette Valley 2015


    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

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  • Ponzi Vineyards Pinot Gris Willamette Valley 2014


    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

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