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

  • 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...

  • 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...

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

  • Bishop Creek Cellars

    We believe that the art of winemaking starts with quality fruit. Planted in 1988, our grapes come...

  • Territorial Vineyards

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

  • Dusty Cellars Winery

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

  • Waterbrook Winery

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

  • Cardwell Hill Cellars

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

  • Stone Wolf Vineyards

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

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  • That's it, Al? How about some tasting notes? Sandra's impressions? Read More

    Forum post in the topic Oregon Pinot - Kelley Fox Wines


  • Sandra and I made it to Kelley Fox Wines this afternoon.  Kelley gave us a barrel tasting from several vineyards plus a taste from a few of her 2014 vintages.  Quite a nice experience and we learned a good deal about her biodynamic argriculture approach to making wine. Read More

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  • "Thanks for the link, OT ;-("Yeah, that was a tough on wasn't it? Seems like yesterday we were relaxing in Maui and enjoying Cali wine thanks to the WineCheck. Looking back it was Fall of 2011 :-O Read More

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  • JD snags a WineCheck! I think I was the first person ever to bring one to Hawaii. Every person at the airport was asking me about it. That was like 4 years ago though. Read More

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  • Thanks for the link, OT!  ;-( Read More

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  • I have '13's of the Maresh. Going to give them some time... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Oregon Pinot - Kelley Fox Wines


  • Here I thought you were an advocate for traveling with a case shipper. Finally got around to grabbing one. Plan to bring about 6 wines for a tasting, plus a bottle of tequila and perhaps something else. There will be 10 adults (two of which are seniors), and 5 kids five and under, mostly between 3-5 with one 7 month old. All under 1 big house, s... Read More

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  • The shippers are for homebound from wine country. I figured traveling with kids already meant enough luggage.  ;-)Is that some exotic tequila, or something you can procure locally? Too bad GDP's not around anymore. He grew up in the islands, I believe, and might be able to point you towards local brick and mortar merchants. Then again for your w... Read More

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  • Hey, there's plenty of good wine in Hawaii:Maui Blanc!Tedeschi's stuff elsewhere  I've spent a lot of time in Hawaii over the years. Had Tedeschi's pineapple wine a few times and it usually hit the spot .  ;-)  Then I moved on to pina coladas or maitais.  ;-)  ;-)  Oh, and the stuff tends to taste better in that Hawaiian ambiance than other envi... Read More

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  • They have arrived!Now, do I take one to Maui with me? Read More

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