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

  • Silvan Ridge Winery

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

  • Territorial Vineyards

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

  • Cloudline Cellars

    Cloudline Cellars represents a first for Dreyfus, Ashby—our own wine. Given our love for Pino...

  • Ayoub

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

  • EIEIO

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

  • Chateau Bianca

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

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Oregon on Snooth

  • I had fun at your web site review, Al. I also, of course have a few comments. ... long drive down to Ashland, Oregon for the Ashland Shakespeare Festival, a most wonderful experience - assuming you enjoy Shakespeare! Are you suggesting that there exists someone in the entire world that does not enjoy Shakespeare?  His works have been performed... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Oregon Pinot - Kelley Fox Wines


  • I already posted our 'tasting notes' in response to your same question earlier DM.  I don't try to evaluate wines in detail because I am not sensitive (in my opinion) to the subtle complexities in wine.  I am able to appreciate wines by the overall mouth-feel and I let it go at that.  Sandra is better with the complexities but we are not up to y... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Oregon Pinot - Kelley Fox Wines


  • So where are the tasting notes, Al?  ;-) Read More

    Forum post in the topic Oregon Pinot - Kelley Fox Wines


  • I know you guys and gals have been waiting patiently for pictures of our recent trip to the Willamette Valley, and my web page is finally complete.  Let me know how you like it and most importantly, check out our visit with Kelly Fox.   Read More

    Forum post in the topic Oregon Pinot - Kelley Fox Wines


  • Alloro Vineyard Pinot Noir Chehalem Mountains 2011

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    Intriguing cool fruit aromas of blueberry raspberry and black cherry with light cinnamon spice. Juicy and fruity up front and becoming more herbal in the mouth, showing nice red fruit and baking spice with excellent structure providing a good counterbalance with herbal notes and a nice tart finish.90 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Well, I've been busy these past few weeks.  I'm still working on a ... ... our recent vacation to Oregon, but here is a glimpse of what we drank last night while watching the Republican Town Hall on CNN.  The Duckhorn Cabernet Sauvignon was very nice, and I decanted it for about an hour prior to dinne Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Snoqualmie Riesling Organic 2013

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    A very good Riesling and pleasant and pleasing to the palate as well as an organic can be. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Cana's Feast Bricco Red Vns

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    Wine review by James Whittaker


  • Alloro Vineyard Riservata Pinot Noir Chehalem Mountains Oregon 2011

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    Intriguing cool fruit aromas of blueberry raspberry and black cherry with light cinnamon spice. Juicy and fruity up front and becoming more herbal in the mouth, showing nice red fruit and baking spice with excellent structure providing a good counterbalance with herbal notes and a nice tart finish.90 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • All fall down (to the left), Al. Need to repost your photos... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Oregon Pinot - Kelley Fox Wines


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