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...

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

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

  • Milbrandt Vineyards

    Farming is in our blood. Our parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles all made their living workin...

  • A to Z Wineworks

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

  • Waterbrook Winery

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

  • Territorial Vineyards

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

  • Purple Hands Wine

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

  • Dusty Cellars Winery

    Small family owned and operated winery on Camano Island, WA. Committed to quality hand crafted wi...

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Oregon on Snooth

  • Who said anything about watching TV? Just like to keep time in region long enough and open enough to allow follow up on leads on the ground, rather than planning everything ahead of time like some package tour with every two-hour slot accounted for within a limited number of days, and with too many moves from place to place in too short a period... Read More

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  • We like to pack a lot into our trips.  I can't remember the last time we just sat around and watched TV while on vacation.  Too much to see in this world.  Thanks for the ideas V V.  I'll keep showing the comments you guys and gals post to Sandra for last minute possible changes.  Read More

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  • Still looks like Biztrip logistics, Al. Thought you guys were retired?  ;-) Read More

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  • RBA, if you can, while you're in McMinnville, schedule an appt. with Marcus at Matello/Goodfellow Wines and also grab lunch at the Valley Commissary, which is right across the parking lot. These will be a highlight of your trip.Have a great trip!  Must be time for us East Coasters to head West, the CFO and I head out to Sonoma/Napa tomorrow for ... Read More

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  • TASTE WASHINGTON MONTH:  MARCH 1 - MARCH 31,  2017 Read More

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  • Have a good time, Al.  We look forward to your reports.As an aside, Mrs. EMark and I both like Kimpton hotels very much. Read More

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  • Alexana Pinot Noir Revana Vineyard 2011

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  • We are renting a car of course, so I'll do most of the driving.  Driving to Walla Walla will be an experience I bet, as we go over the Cascades.  I hope I can rent an AWD vehicle, like the Jeep we had last year (with it's heated steering wheel).  Keep your winery visit ideas coming in.Oh I forgot another reservation we have.  It's a special Prov... Read More

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  • Party at Al's house! You guys bring the tree rat and I'll supply the Peter Vs Read More

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  • That's a lot of moving around within a relatively short period of time, Al. How much by car? Any by air? Read More

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