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

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Carabella Vineyard

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

  • Chateau Bianca

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

  • EIEIO

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

  • Sockeye Winery

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

  • Silvan Ridge Winery

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

  • Wine by Joe

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

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Oregon on Snooth

  • Sleight of Hand Illusionist Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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    Picked up two bottles of this after reading a gushing Wine Spectator review calling it a 92. Not! It is a decent cab, but nothing spectacular, certainly not worthy of any rating in the 90s on anybody's scale. Not sure what they were thinking. Of course, decanted and breathed for over two hours. It had a good bouquet, opened well, initial taste g... Read More

    Wine review by wenwyia


  • King Estate Winery Pinot Gris Oregon 2015

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    Medium weight with lots of fruit on the nose. Nice fruit on the tongue with a nice bit of acidity and finishes with a slight touch of bitterness. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay Columbia Valley Cold Creek Vineyard 2013

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    Wonderful and even better because of the price point. A little vanillin from the oak, sice also. Citrus fruit and a slightly creamy finish combined with an acidic burst give a great mouth feel. Drink now - 89 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay Columbia Valley Cold Creek Vineyard 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by wenwyia


  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay Columbia Valley Cold Creek Vineyard 2013

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    Wine review by wenwyia


  • $50-60+range: Chappellet Signature and Smith-Madrone out of Napa.Also 2nd the ... Andrew Will.I'd look to Oregon for Pinot Noir and maybe some Chard. I'm a fan of Cameron, Amalie Robert (Estate or Amalie's Cuvée). There are French producers there as well like Drouhin, Jadot (via the Resonance label), and Evening Land has French connections, lo... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Learning more about US wine


  • Today, just a few short days after returning from our west coast wine tasting ... ... vacation in Washington / Oregon, we headed out west (a short drive this time) to the middle of Virginia to pick up two wine club allocations at Boxwood and RdV.  The wines we purchased are shown in the 'What did you buy' topic, so they aren't shown here, but ... Read More

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


  • Ok guys and gals.  I spent a whole day creating my web page for this trip.  Please check it out and let me know what you think! Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine tasting in Oregon &...


  • I think JD is correct when you talk about Cab Sauv. Best is from Napa and you ... Serene is the one that put Oregon on everyone's list as the "Burgundian" place in the US, which is hilarious since most of Oregon is desert and the East Coast is far more like Burgundy than the west. But the owners, who also make a PN BTW, for which they're actua... Read More

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  • Lots of photos here with no explanation of whom where, and not much commentary on the wines, too.Anything you can add? Would make all the photos more significant, aside from helping us understand what's going on in Walla Walla these days. Read More

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