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

  • 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

  • Bishop Creek Cellars

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

  • Ayoub

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

  • Chateau Bianca

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

  • Alexana Winery

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

  • Panther Creek Cellars

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

  • Silver Falls Vineyards

    ilver Falls Vineyards is a family owned and operated winery located in the mid-Willamette Valley ...

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Oregon on Snooth

  • King Estate Pinot Gris 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by mychalannie


  • Sinnean "Unoaked" Chardonnay 2006

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    Fairly pedestrian as far as "unoaked" chardonnays go. There are several better. One thing I've learned about this style - they need to be well chilled. 48-52 deg F. Really light hay colored in the glass. Apples, melon and pear on the nose. The more moderate notes of pear and melon follow thru. Short aftertaste. Better young - say within 18-24 mo... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Gran Moraine Pinot Noir Yamhill-Carlton 2012

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    Wine review by tjjm


  • Surprised nobody's mentioned him so far so I'll throw Gravner into the ... ... project in Chehalem, Oregon. Andrew Beckham was a high school ceramics teacher who developed some cool 75 gallon clay amphorae that he was thinking about selling at $2500~$3500 a throw:But once he got them pretty much perfected, and even though he had orders from w... Read More

    Forum post in the topic White Burgundy Question


  • Oregon IS a foreign country, isn't it? Shakespeare resides in Ashland. Anyhow, I already have too many Domestic producers who I cannot afford to purchase from regularly so fitting in other countries is not in my budget. Now if I left on the East Coast that would be a whole nother story. Just not a good selection of imports in these parts and for... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Adelshiem Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2012

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    1st of the last flight (above $20). This why they rave about the 2012 vintage in Oregon. This is mass produced and still drinks like a small production cuvee. Willamette Valley minerality provides the foundation for the taut cherry and blueberry notes. There's a cacoa bitter chocolate note with medium tannins and acidity. This all builds to leng... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Adelshiem Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2012

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    Wine review by khovey


  • Adelshiem Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2012

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    Wine review by khovey


  • Adelshiem Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2012

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    Wine review by khovey


  • Adelshiem Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2012

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    Wine review by khovey


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