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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

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

  • Silvan Ridge Winery

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

  • Alexana Winery

    Alexana Wines was born of Dr. Madaiah Revana’s love of the great wines of Burgundy. In the spring...

  • EIEIO

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

  • Girardet Wine Cellars & Vineyard

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

  • A to Z Wineworks

    A to Z Wineworks was started in 2002 by four friends, Oregon wine industry veterans, Deb Hatch...

  • Purple Hands Wine

    Purple Hands is owned and operated by Oregon winemaker and oenophile, Cody Wright. Cody grew up i...

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Oregon on Snooth

  • We moved to Napa in 2014 and have been slowly but purposefully visiting and ... ... as well and just added Oregon to our list (one of our kids is at the Univ of Oregon in Eugene) and have made several lasting friendships with winemakers in Willamette Valley.  Recent trips have been to Rogue Valley to check out that growing region.We also hit ... Read More

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  • Helix Sangiovese Stillwater Creek Vineyard Columbia Valley 2011

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    Toasted smoke aromas of dried earth and dried cranberries. This is fresher on the palate with red fruit flavors of cranberry, strawberry and red current and dark smoky earth that finishes the wine with a chewy tannic bite. Definitely a refreshing wine. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Lemelson Vineyards Pinot Noir Thea's Selection 2014

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    Give it 3 hours to breathe Read More

    Wine review by Winosaur


  • King Estate Pinot Gris Oregon 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by bobvree


  • Underwood Cellars Pinot Noir Wine In a Can 2015

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    Strawberry and raspberry on the nose. Light bodied with raspberry on entry, ... ... entry level pinots from Oregon. Think I'll keep a can or two aroun Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Sauvignon Blanc Horse Heaven Vineyard Columbia Valley 2015

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    Well balanced fruit and acid. Have a cold and taste buds are off a bit but this sure hit the spot. Will try another bottle later. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • I think we need to visit Stags Leap the next time we get down to Napa Valley. ... Washington (Walla Walla) and Oregon (Willamette Valley).  It might be a few years before we return to the San Francisco area, but we do love it there.Today I was much better.  We started out by heading into the district to attend an Opera at The Kennedy Center, b... Read More

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  • Skyfall Columbia Valley Red Blend 2014

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    Decent enough for the price point with red berry fruits - cherry mainly - and a touch of blueberry. Earthy notes add to relatively mild tannins and good acidity. 87 points - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Corvidae Wine Company Riesling Ravenna 2013

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    Wine review by Antiques To Uniques


  • Fullerton Five Faces Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2014

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    Expressive ripe cherry, tea leaf and cola aromas with mixed berry spice and floral violet notes along with some earthiness. Tart and flavorful, this provides excellent structure and is well balanced, with cool blueberry and black cherry fruit mixing with an herbal, earthy menthol and licorice note and finishing with good minerality and a pile of... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


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