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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Purple Hands Wine

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

  • Sockeye Winery

    In 2003, Andrew Browne launched Precept Wine Brands. He re-joined his partner Dan Baty from Corus...

  • 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 ...

  • Coelho Winery

    Coelho Winery is a small family-owned winery located in Amity, Oregon. Our vineyard was planted ...

  • Territorial Vineyards

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

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Oregon on Snooth

  • "with regard to Pinot Noir, I still prefer the ones from Oregon"You need to drink a lot more Burgundy, and of the others I mentioned, too.  ;-)   Oregon's getting there but still on the road, not yet fully arrived IMHO, even if I enjoy many of theirs. Was writing on these boards about Soter and Drouhin, for example, last decade. I certainly comm... Read More

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


  • We're still drinking wine, but we've been busy, getting out to shows, ... I still prefer the ones from Oregon - although the Duckhorn Goldeneye Pinot Noir bottles always seem to come out on top when we do side by side comparisons.  Go figur Read More

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  • Yamhill Valley Vineyards Pinot Gris 2015

    Snoothrank:

    Light, fruity aromas of peach and green apple with an oat straw note adding a bit of creaminess. White peach, tart apple and pear on the palate, a zesty mid palate and a cool breezy finish, this is fruit forward, flavorful and refreshing. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Just checked Cellar Tracker of my 117 bottles 47% come from Washington or Oregon,only 8% from California,28% from Italy and 10% from France. I have found that the best QPR is Washington or Oregon. The only exception I make is Chardonnay which in my opinion only France is worth the price  Read More

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  • Spent two weeks last year in Oregon and Washington tasting wines,have come to the conclusion that 85% of the wines that I buy,will be from either Oregon or Washington this does not include Italian wines which is my favorite. The wines I get from Washington or Syrahs,Cabs and bourdeaux blends..I also like Long Shadows have several of the Chester ... Read More

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  • Thanks Stephen, even Oregon has a ways to go on these issues of selection and vine age.I was out dining last night at an Italian restaurant, and in the mood to try a good Pinot Nero, but the producers were not so hot, was more of a house wine.  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Aussie Pinot Noirs


  • Jack, we love the Washington red blends from the Columbia Valley.  We ... ... March trip to Washington and Oregon; ended up joining Long Shadows winery in Walla Walla.Today I picked up our May allocation from Medlock Ames.  Some nice reds here, along with Chardonna Read More

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  • Hi SSS, and welcome!AL, Oregon wines are so good in general, unfortenatelly it's not easy to find one in CA =/  Darren, where did you get that bottle? Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hi Snooth & Fellow wine lovers


  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot Indian Wells Columbia Valley 2013

    Snoothrank:

    Well done wine. Blackberry, dark cherry notes are front and center leading to additional mocha, spice and a medium tannic with balanced acidity finish. 90 points - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • 14 Hands Vineyards Red Blend Limited Release Kentucky Derby 2014

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    Bought this again this year. Nice party wine. Medium fruit, medium acidity, medium tannin something everyone can enjoy. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


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