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 »

Mentor for Oregon Wines

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...

  • 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

  • Carabella Vineyard

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

  • Coelho Winery

    Coelho Winery is a small family-owned winery located in Amity, Oregon. Our vineyard was planted ...

  • Sockeye Winery

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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Shared this with the family over the holidays. I'm typically not a huge fan ... his current project out of Oregon.This has no trace of pinot characteristics. Translucent bright purple, dark fruited with a little tannic bitterness on the finish. If I had drank this blind, I would of said modern Syrah. And being a fan of modern Syrah, I pretty mu... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Good pinot noir in the $30...


  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Sauvignon Blanc Horse Heaven Vineyard Columbia Valley 2016

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    Tropical fruits and lots of acidity with a pleasant finish. Becoming a go to in my household. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Very nice selection of Oregon Pinot Noir.  We've been to Penner-Ash, but we haven't bought any wines from them.   Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wineries to visit in Newberg, OR


  • A very tasty Pinot Noir from Oregon last night with pizza.  It was a frozen pizza too, as Sandra was too tired to cook dinner after watching the grand kids all day at our son's town home.  This Pinot is highly recommended.Oh, yesterday was Cat Tuesday too.  The kitties were very happy to see me. Read More

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  • Rain Dance Nicholas Vineyard Pinot Noir Chehalem Mountains 2015

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    Surprisingly dark and rich notes of savory earth, black cherry and oak. On the palate this is powerful and bold with black currant and black cherry fruit, concentrated and thick with licorice and a touch of herb, chewy tannins and a bold and oak spiced finish. Decidedly rich and decadent with good depth and heft. A winter red wine drinkers Pinot. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Hendricks Gin 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by BOYUAN


  • The Four Graces Pinot Noir Dundee Hills Reserve 2008

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    Excellent Pinot for the price Read More

    Wine review by Willard Cook


  • Gina, welcome to the Snooth wine forum.  Can I recommend you select a ... ... the Willamette Valley in Oregon?  These are similar to the Pinot Noir found in Burgundy, Franc Read More

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  • Patricia Green Cellars Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir Ribbon Ridge 2014

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    Light on the nose and medium light weight. Sour cherries and light tannin with an extended finish. Very easy to drink and great with food. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Resonance Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2015

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    #75 of the 2017 Wine Spectator Top 100.My Son is 10 Months. Read More

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


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