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

  • Stangeland Vineyards and Winery

    2500 case winery specializing in Pinot Noir of the Willamette Valley and Eola-Amity Hills AVA. Al...

  • Girardet Wine Cellars & Vineyard

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

  • Chateau Bianca

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

  • Evening Land Vineyards/ONCE Wines

    Once a year our winemaker collaborates with America's best sommeliers to blend the exclusive wi...

  • Silver Falls Vineyards

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

  • Wine by Joe

    Yes, there really is a Joe! Joe Dobbes is the man behind your bottle of Wine By Joe. As the sole ...

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Oregon on Snooth

  • "the southernmost extremes of Ontario are actually further south than ... ... ... plantable place in Cali, Oregon, and Washington is used, or the west coast turns into the Gobi desert.  BC is Canada's quality wine region, and even that's going to be "pick your spots."  BTW, in addition to going to school in Ithaca, I have traversed via car alm... Read More

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  • Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir Whole Cluster 2015

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    well, it's an excellent wine of cause but what surprised me the most - is a light aroma of cotton and wildflowers and that you can catch for a first few seconds! Then it vanishes leaving nice dried dark berries nose. Taste is juicy, silky, minty, fresh berries and dried fruit. leaves a "90% chocolate" bar on a tongue. Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • Ponzi Vineyards Pinot Noir Tavola Willamette Valley 2015

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    A bit muted on opening but opened by the second day. Cherry and cinnamon on the nose turning to sour cherry in the mouth with light tannins on the finish. Fruit turned darker the second day. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot Indian Wells Columbia Valley 2013

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    Ripe and grapey with light acidity and light tannins. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Siduri Chehalem Mountains Pinot Noir 2008

    Snoothrank:

    A strawberry, raspberry red in the glass. Plenty of red berry fruits on the nose with vanilla and loads of spice. The acidity is in charge here. A little to much to be honest. Had it been more in balance this could have easily been an 88 pt wine. The fruit comes through with the spice and vanilla layered in, maybe the last bottle will have to si... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Siduri Chehalem Mountains Pinot Noir 2008

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    No written review

    Wine review by shaldane


  • Dancin Vineyards Chardonnay 2015

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    No written review

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • Firesteed Pinot Noir 2013

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    This is the best Pinot at this price point hands down. Read More

    Wine review by wlstiles3


  • No thanks - one of my phobias in life - but you go ahead in my place. Read More

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  • This whole discussion about speed only relates to the inclement weather going through the cascades.  I moved to the right to let the idiots pass me, but sometimes trucks are taking the right two lanes going up the hill and I had to be in the left lane - going a safe speed I might add.  If I wasn't near or passing a truck, then I was over to the ... Read More

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