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...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • 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...

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...

  • A to Z Wineworks

    A to Z Wineworks was started in 2002 by four friends, Oregon wine industry veterans, Deb Hatch...

  • Waterbrook Winery

    Waterbrook Winery in the heart of Walla Walla, Washington is known for producing highly acclaimed...

  • Territorial Vineyards

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

  • Purple Hands Wine

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

  • Dusty Cellars Winery

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

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Oregon on Snooth

  • You can get 'wined out' on these trips.  I bet I drank three glasses that night. Read More

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  • RBA - How did you get the juice stay in those bottles?  That's quite a trick. Read More

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  • Thursday was mostly a tourist thing to see a few places near my sister, like a ... ... a museum in Brownsville, Oregon.  We then paid for a big dinner at Del Alma to celebrate my oldest sisters 70th birthday.  We opened two bottles at the restaurant, paying the $8 per bottle corkage fee.  Today (Friday) we drove the 300 miles to Walla Walla Wa... Read More

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  • Sounds and looks great RBA! Keep it coming!!!!  Read More

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  • Sweet kitty yesterday at De Ponte Cellars.  She walked over to where Sandra was sitting and climbed up on her lap. Read More

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  • No time to visit Vancouver on this trip, since Sandra wants to see more of ... ... and I had another glass of Oregon Pinot with a pork dish.  Lots of wine on this Tuesda Read More

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  • Al, see if you can take the Clipper (from downtown Seattle) over to Victoria for a visit!  Read More

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  • Brooks Riesling Bois Joli Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills 2015

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    Lightly savory aromas with light lemon fruit and a mineral edge. Presents a smooth and elegant off-dry palate of sweet spice and tangerine notes, a burst of acidity through the full bodied mid palate that leaves a tingling sensation behind with melon and papaya notes and a creamy memory. Read More

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  • Brooks Riesling Willamette Valley 2015

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    Plush and plump apricot and green apple aromas with floral hints and gentle oily Riesling aromatics. Freshly acidic on the palate, almost surprisingly so on entry with peach pear and mango fruit playing through the mid palate with lemon zest and a candied character towards the slightly nutty finish. Read More

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  • Well, we've been to the wine tasting rooms up in Woodinville WA for three wine tastings and today we drove down to McMinnville OR for the Provisions wine/food pairing meal at Soter Vineyards.  We joined the wine club at  Soter so that makes eleven wine clubs now.  Having a wonderful time even with the rain and snow. Read More

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