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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Territorial Vineyards

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

  • Waterbrook Winery

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

  • Panther Creek Cellars

    Panther Creek wines are Oregon's most beautifully packaged and also the most concentrated and age...

  • Ayoub

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

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Oregon on Snooth

  • Dusted Valley Malbec Columbia Valley 2013

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    Dark plum and fig aromas with candied strawberry and black cherry notes. Full of earthy baking spice on the palate, this is focused and full bodied with medicinal cherry and blackberry notes coming through towards the finish that ends with a floral note of raspberry and cherry compote. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Northstar Columbia Valley Merlot 2012

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    Had this at lunch at Marcello's Chophouse the other day. Interesting - I asked the waitperson to pick something to go with the Lobster Bisque - it is dark and inky and opens like a herb/slate forward Pinot. There was a lightness there, that led me to believe it was the Pinot...Being as suggestable as I am, when I asked what the wine was, a Merlo... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Siduri Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2014

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    Had at Noah Grant Read More

    Wine review by gmb468


  • Archery Summit Estate Pinot Noir 2014

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    Final pairing of the dinner at Savoy. Had this with Ahi Tuna and sauteed Mushrooms. Another terrific pairing. Opens with black and blue berries, bit of leather, oak, herbs, and dark, ripe Cherries. Nicely balanced tending toward the Herbs/Spice/Leather rather than Fruit. Excellent with plating. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • L'Ecole 41 Columbia Valley Merlot 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by johnnyxbar


  • L'Ecole 41 Columbia Valley Merlot 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by johnnyxbar


  • Hands Merlot 2014

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    Ruby color with pink edges. Initial aroma of smoke and spice with some dark fruits in the background. Hits the palate with notes of cherry, plum, and spices. Taste fades into a faint sweet chocolate with mild tannin. Over all pleasant. Read More

    Wine review by SidneyMay


  • Cooper Hill Pinot Noir 2013

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    Had a sip of this on day two, which happened to be July 4, 2016. I will be ... ... next trip to Chicago. Viva Orego Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Left Coast Cellars Truffle Hill Chardonnay Willamette Valley 2015

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    Chunky melon, peach and lemon aromas with a lot of life and a hint of a sweet floral note coming through on the nose. In the mouth this is much softer, still showing peach and melon notes up front, with calm acidity. This is pleasantly approachable and finishes quite clean with a bit of apricot and lemon zest. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Acrobat Pinot Noir 2012

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    Much like the Hahn this offered rich fruit - dark cherry but more red berry fruit, soft and elegant with spice, earth and cocao. This finish was lingering and mouthwatering. No wonder this was WS Top 100 for only $13. Drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


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