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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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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • 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...

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

  • Phelps Creek Vineyards

    A small, artisan producer focused on Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Gewurztraminer grown within the C...

  • Girardet Wine Cellars & Vineyard

    Philippe Girardet was born and raised in Switzerland near the headwaters of the Rhone, a French-s...

  • Ayoub

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

  • Waterbrook Winery

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


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

  • 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

  • Ponzi Tavola Pinot Noir 2014


    Sweet and savory spice box nose with black cherry and raspberry notes. This is cool and fresh in the mouth with floral and earthy undernotes, a good base of spice with dried chocolate cherries coming up through the midpalate and a finish that delivers a tart herbal note with cranberry and raspberry fruit notes. Clean, fresh and lively. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Hedges Cellars Cabernet Merlot Syrah Cms Columbia Valley 2012


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    Wine review by calywa

  • BL - Our Viking River Cruise down the Rhone last year was a blast, and we tried ... ... as they are close to the Oregon Pinot Noir wines we also enjoy. We never visited El Toreo on Fair Oaks Ave in Pasadena, but we were both living in Southern California in the 70's and 80's.On a side note, I had lunch at Taco Bell this afternoon, after feeding... Read More

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

  • California Sauterne.  Wow.  Talk about a blast from the past.I do ... ... makers from Washington, Oregon and New York that, if you find them, might be worth your checking out.Good luck.  Keep us updated on your finding Read More

    Forum post in the topic Sauterne, Labeled in the sixties

  • Ryan Patrick Rose Columbia Valley 2015


    Soft violet and rose petal aromas with notes of sweet cranberry and ripe cherry blossom on the nose. In the mouth this is delicate, soft and fleshy with fruit notes of cherry, watermelon and a tart citrus note towards the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • So, we were at Costco a few weeks ago and, surprise, stumbled into the wine ... ... when Peggy picked up an Oregon Riesling.  That is a bit unusual for her, but I also saw a German example.  We read what we could on the back labels and the shelf talkers.  The Oregon one was described as "dry" and the German one was described as "slightly swee... Read More

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  •  I do not know how all this Oregon wine ended up in a warehouse in South London but I reckon somebody could get a bargain. There are also three lots from another US winery ,Carter Cellars which look like selling for a much bigger pricewww.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show108891www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/108892www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/s... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?

  • The only Oregon wine I saw was quite a few lots of Torii Mor pinot noir.Torii Mor has its following for its wine, and for its winery visits, and also has interesting owners. They landscaped around the winery like their idea of Japanese gardens but what is closer to a shrine precinct. 'Torii' in Japanese is those large gates in front of Shinto sh... Read More

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  • Over on this side of the Great Pond the www.bidforwine.co.uk website is ... ... large parcel of US wine from Oregon. I personally know very little about US wines and as it has been divided up into lots of a case of 12  I doubt if I shall bid. There are also a good selection of white Burgundies in the sale and a few mixed lo Read More

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  • Bethel Heights Chardonnay Estate 2014


    No written review

    Wine review by anchca

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