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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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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Stangeland Vineyards and Winery

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

  • Viridian Wines

    ROLLING HILLS, FERTILE VALLEYS and lush stretches of green as far as the eye can see, describe th...

  • Waterbrook Winery

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

  • A to Z Wineworks

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

  • Carabella Vineyard

    All Carabella wines are sourced from our 58 acre site in Oregon's Chehalem Mountains. We produce ...

  • Evening Land Vineyards/ONCE Wines

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

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Oregon on Snooth

  • That silly cat does not yet understand the joy of a good cab.  I'm ... of course we'll be in Oregon tasting wine in the Willamette Valley.  It was nice weather though so after about 5.5 miles of walking around the Tidal Basin, we ended up at one of our favorite restaurants - Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak and Stonecrab for a late lunch.  As you ca... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • As per your OP's title, JD, next a look at CA. From the Wine ... nearly 780 miles from Oregon to Mexico. With 108 American Viticulture Areas (AVAs), more than 4,600 winegrape growers and an estimated 3,000 bonded wineries, California grows winegrapes in 46 of its 58 counties. Its tumultuous geologic history yields more than 2,000 distinct soil ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Cabernet v. Pinot and most...


  • Browne Family Vineyards Chardonnay 2014

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    This wine is 96% Chardonnay and 4% Viognier. White tea, lemon, crisp fresh cut green apple greet the nose and palate. It's got an undercurrent of oily, creamy fullness, owing to the Viognier. Squirt of lime on the finish. Read More

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  • Buy a check-in wine carrier...Here're a past Forum thread on the subject. I think OT's posted on another carrier over the years. Hopefully he'll pipe in here with its link.Me, I'd want to take home a case just from Soter...  ;-)  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Oregon Pinot - Kelley Fox Wines


  • Sorry to hear about that blown head gasket.  I agree that the shop should ... night, our final evening in Oregon, we shared a single flight of Oregon and California wine.  This is a Chardonnay from California, a Pinot Noir from Oregon, and a Cabernet Sauvignon from California.   House wines but we were pretty much done this day after visiting ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • We plan to buy a few bottles at several wineries but I'll leave the extras with my middle sister (she's just past 60 now) and her husband as a gift.  We'll do a few more wine tastings with them on this trip.  I'll try to post a few pictures as we go along if I can make it work with my iPhone.  Some pictures might be rotated 90 degrees though.  J... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Oregon Pinot - Kelley Fox Wines


  • I think we only had to cancel a tasting room in McMinnville, Oregon.  Here's the current plan:We are going to try for Stoller as the 2nd winery on the Sunday (20 March) after Domaine Drouhin. For the Saturday (19 March), we'll try for J. K. Carriere and then Kelly Fox Wines.  The Soter Winery is scheduled on the following Saturday (26 March), ju... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Oregon Pinot - Kelley Fox Wines


  • So, Al, which other vineyard got cut from the visit list? Read More

    Forum post in the topic Oregon Pinot - Kelley Fox Wines


  • Lucky duck Al, be nice! Read More

    Forum post in the topic Oregon Pinot - Kelley Fox Wines


  • RBA, we'll be looking forward to your report as we'll be heading to Portland this summer. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Oregon Pinot - Kelley Fox Wines


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