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

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

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...

  • Wine by Joe

    Yes, there really is a Joe! Joe Dobbes is the man behind your bottle of Wine By Joe. As the sole ...

  • Carabella Vineyard

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

  • A to Z Wineworks

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

  • Stone Wolf Vineyards

    Stone Wolf has been producing wines of quality and flair since 1998. At what is now a memorable p...

  • Sockeye Winery

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

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Oregon on Snooth

  • The owner of the wine is Antinori. Yes we have problems in Texas of buying wine ... 95 % is from Washington or Oregon 37% is Italian mostly Brunello,Chianti,Barolo and Amarona 6-7%each from France or Australia. I normally drink two glasses a day. The primitivo is very dark red 14% alcohol medium tannic and acid good finish well balanced I get a... Read More

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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot Indian Wells Columbia Valley 2013

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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot Indian Wells Columbia Valley 2013

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    Wine review by bobvree


  • I had this one, with a dear friend! It is produced by DAY WINES, OREGON, USA.A REALLY DESIRABLE PINOT NOIR!It tasted of strong, red fruit.It felt luscious in the mouth!I tasted spice, herb and a bit of smoke too!Its pretty tannins lent structure.A longer finish than I expected.It cost about  $20. US without shipping cost. Read More

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


  • I missed this thread back in November.  I'll just say this about Pinot ... from the smaller wineries in Oregon.The shop that JD references is in Seattle.  I think Lefty lives way down South, close to the Oregon border.  I bet he could find some nice Pinot Noirs at Costco on the Oregon side of the borde Read More

    Forum post in the topic Searching for a Resonable...


  • Willamette Valley Vineyards Estate Chardonnay Willamette Valley 2014

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    Light toast and white peach aromas with a floral note showing amidst fresh apple and tea leaf. This is round and firm in the mouth, soft and powdery and light on its feet, with a touch of lemon coming through towards the finish with the tea leaf returning amidst oaky vanilla notes. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Vancouver Washington?  It's a hole.  Portland, across the river, ... is a destination.  Oregon is where you'll findthe pinot, if that's what you're looking for.Now, if you're thinking of Washington wineries, again, Vancouver isn't your destination.  But heck, you can go there if there's something drawing you.There's only one Vancouver worth go... Read More

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  • Maryhill Winery Proprietor's Reserve Tavola Rosso Columbia Valley 2011

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    Sweet molasses and maple syrup aromas with ripe cherry and strawberry fruit on the nose. Dry and sticky in the mouth, this carries an herbal backbone throughout with tarry minerality, loamy earth and good structure. Fruit flavors are darker than the palate and carrying blackberry and black cherry along with a dark chocolate and roasted espresso ... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Dancin Vineyards Tribute Red Blend Southern Oregon 2013

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    Floral, earthy and dusty aromas with dark, brooding fruit notes of blackberry and black cherry and restrained spice. This is surprisingly juicy and zippy on entry, but finds its character towards the mid palate with more dusty, earthy fruit notes of black cherry, birch bark and a toasty oaken finish that's drying and has good length, with just a... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Day Wines Running Bare Mae's Vineyard Applegate Valley 2014

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    Floral cherry and licorice aromas. Delicate and flavorful on the palate with notes of cranberry, cherry and strawberry, chunky tannins coming through on the mid palate and a finish of medicine and a touch of cream. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


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