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 & owner of TheRealWineJulia.com; as well as, the Oregon Correspondent for Snooth - representing my beautiful Willamette Valley & Southern Oregon. The luscious & elegant Pinot Noir captured my heart a long time ago.

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Varietals Produced in Oregon View all

  • 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...

  • 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...

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  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • Territorial Vineyards

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

  • A to Z Wineworks

    A to Z Wineworks' partnership blends unique skills. Bill Hatcher brought an extensive backgrou...

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Oregon on Snooth

  • Cristom Pinot Noir Sommers Reserve Willamette Valley 2010

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    Bright, crisp red and black cherries, a touch of red grapefruit on the nose and palate, bracing acidity and a medium to long finish. This is what Willamette pinot is about - getting you as close to Burgundy as possible without leaving the States. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • King Estate Winery Acrobat Pinot Gris By King Estate 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by schelly


  • What wines are folks planning to try on this upcoming first weekend in ... ... Pinot Noir from Willamette Oregon.  Any recommendations for a red or white?  I don't know what I'll eat so I should cover the bases.Van Duzer Estate Pinot Noir / Willamette, ORVan Duzer Estate Pinot Noir / Willamette, Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Our main acquisition process for wines have been the wine clubs we joined - St. ... (California), Domain Serene (Oregon), J.K. Carrier (Oregon) and RdV (Virginia).  We also frequent several wine shops out here in Virginia.  I can't find many of the exotic wines that are mentioned in these forum threads though, but then again I'm not looking too... Read More

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  • Thanks for all the suggestions - and the reference for a wine to be a weekend ... do love the Pinot's from Oregon (Willamette Valley Read More

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  • Hello Everyone, I'm getting married on 7/5 and need to choose a white ... Noir - Willamette Valley, Oregon – $40/bottle &nbs Read More

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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay 2012

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    Good balance of fruit and acididty with just enough oak to make it interesting. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Solena Pinot Gris 2012

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    Very citrusy nose. Mouthfeel starts out soft, develops tingling acidity mid-palate, building to a lively finish. Quite a bit of pear on this one too. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Charles Smith Kung Fu Girl Riesling Columbia Valley 2013

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    Citrus, melon, pineapple, tangy finish, dry for a Riesling, overall pleasant Washington wine. Read More

    Wine review by Blinky


  • Erath Pinot Noir Oregon 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


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