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

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

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

  • 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...

  • Evening Land Vineyards/ONCE Wines

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

  • Territorial Vineyards

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

  • Cloudline Cellars

    Cloudline Cellars represents a first for Dreyfus, Ashby—our own wine. Given our love for Pino...

  • Chateau Bianca

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

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Oregon on Snooth

  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot Columbia Valley 2013

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    Always delivers - always a good value also. Dark berry fruits, pepper spice, chocolate, a note of oak ride a medium bodied, smooth drinking fun bottle of wine. Great for grilling beef and a bonfire. Drink now - Paul 88 points Read More

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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot Columbia Valley 2013

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    Wine review by baileyshell


  • Last night we drank a Lafond Syrah SRH from (duh!) the Santa Rita HIlls.  ... She also got two bottles of Oregon PN in appreciation. This is a seriously good wine, my favorite from that region, in fact, and it's only $20 when you go to the tasting room, or so it's been in my experience. (The website says $23, which still isn't bad.)  A little ... Read More

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  • Paul, thanks for the link.  You can activate it using the bar right above ... ... of that article tested Oregon PN that had been mistaken for "VR." Throw that into the mix, too.  Without knowing which was which, could they, by analysis, identify where the wine came from?  Imagine that it came out over the course of several vintages nearly ide... Read More

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  • Mike did that with his own wines, which he tastes every day.  I imagine he ... Tasting of Paris; PN from Oregon and Burgundy, and similar tests), so it wasn't just "describe your grandmother."  It was, "identify a person  or a few people (if you want to game the test and insure the "right" result) you have seen frequently throughout your life i... Read More

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  • Nebbiolo is a challenge to grow elsewhere, but that's because it's a ... those Burgundian PNs from Oregon work because smart folks (including French like the Drouhins) saw the similarity in weather and chose sites with good exposure and soils... and voila! Even they cannot tell which is which.The book is worth reading if you want to actually u... Read More

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  • Kramer is understandably unhappy, as Matthews uses a quote from him that goes ... from Copain or somewhere in Oregon.  This happens alarmingly often to wines from the "best" terroir.  And then the Burgophile will come up with some BS excuse, like Durant blaming Roberson for not taking a shot last night. (Go, Dubs!)  Or Bordeaux saying that eve... Read More

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  • Fox, that's the way mine were organized when I had my 200 bottle wine ... ... ... I had a shelf for pinot (Oregon, CA, Burgundy ...), syrah (CA, N. Rhone, Aussie ...), cabs and so on. With so much more space and that nice array setup (can't help the engineer coming out) I feel compelled to "organize" (EM) things. We'll see what pans out after ... Read More

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  • VV, do whatever works for you.  I do mine by type, not country, in part ... why look for France, Cali, Oregon, separately?Of course, right now, I just look at the Magic Marker scribbles on the boxes while I finish unpacking from the renovation. Read More

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  • Oops, should have looked here before I mentioned this book elsewhere.I just ... the wines from Burgundy from Oregon PN, and so on. He covers the origins of the ideas, then he explains the physiology when it's understood, or suggests that more work needs to be done.  He points out that there is often a grain of truth about certain myths. He cal... Read More

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