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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Craig Donofrio

Craig Donofrio is an Advanced Sommelier in the Court of Master Sommeliers and has worked and consulted for some of the nation's top restaurants. He is chief food/wine photographer at Grapevine Studios (www.grapevinestudios.blogspot.com).

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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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Ayoub

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

  • Viridian Wines

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

  • Cardwell Hill Cellars

    Along the southernmost slope of Cardwell Hill, the vineyard encompasses a total of 57 acres. Thi...

  • Silver Falls Vineyards

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

  • Silvan Ridge Winery

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

  • EIEIO

    At EIEIO & Company we make the best possible wine we can without compromise. To date, this is a ...

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Oregon on Snooth

  • Helix Sangiovese Stillwater Creek Vineyard Columbia Valley 2010

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    The wine is a lovely garnet color in the glass with great clarity. The nose is a wonderful combination of dark fruit notes, plum and cherry with lovely overtones of fresh herbs and floral notes of lavender which strike me as a somewhat old school sort of Sangiovese. The taste is quite nice, with a rush of berry fruit and cherry cola that trans... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • King Estate Winery King Estate Pinot Noir 2013

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    The wine is a bit lighter in color, with bright ruby color, classic Pinot. The ...-oregon-pinot-noir.htm Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Seven Hills Winery Dry Rose 2016

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    The wine is a lovely peach color in the glass. The nose presents aromas of peach, orange blossom and a hint of basalt. The taste is crisp and refreshing, with some interesting Chardonnay like notes of buttery fruit, peach, grapefruit and papaya that transition nicely to some lovely mineral notes midpalate. A rose like this, made primarily fro... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Firesteed Pinot Noir 2013

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    Light medium in weight, garnet in color, sour cherries upon sipping with lots of acidity and a medium length slightly bitter finish. 12% abu. A simple wine with lots of pinot character for $15. Winner!! Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Just a quick follow-up.  We joined Long Shadows a few days ago.  That makes an even dozen wine clubs we now belong to.  Our first wines from them will be the fall shipment.  Looking forward to it.  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Final: Wine tasting in...


  • Novelty Hill Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia valley 2012

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    This is for the 2012. Again, drinking above it's price point with dark berry fruits, red plum, damp earth, spice and herbal tones. Medium chewy tannins and excellent acidity gives the impression this could sit another 2-3 years. Drink or hold - 91 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Novelty Hill Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia valley 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by doowaa73


  • Erath Vineyards Pinot Noir Oregon 2014

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    As usual, light bodied - but this fleshes out a little more with time. Plenty red berry fruit, bing cherry and a little tartness, spice, a little earthiness with light tannins and good acidity. Drink now - Paul - 87 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Oh, my middle sister Carol and her Husband Rich were up in Salem Oregon doing their part.  They had rain initially and then the sun came out.  We had rain all day in the district. Read More

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  • Wow, where do I start? Famed horticulturist Luther Burbank called Sonoma County ... ... source Wagyu Beef from Oregon. They also process your wild game if you are a hunter. Full smoking, sausage making, dry aging facilities. No matter what cut you want and/or how long you want it aged they can do it for you. The easiest stop for meat but not t... Read More

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