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 & Professional Wine Judge. Completely charmed by Oregon's earthy, elegant Pinot Noirs.

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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...

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

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

  • 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 ...

  • Territorial Vineyards

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

  • Panther Creek Cellars

    Panther Creek wines are Oregon's most beautifully packaged and also the most concentrated and age...

  • Viridian Wines

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

  • Cardwell Hill Cellars

    Along the southernmost slope of Cardwell Hill, the vineyard encompasses a total of 57 acres. Thi...

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Oregon on Snooth

  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay Columbia Valley 2013

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    Simple but nice Washington state chardonnay. Clean and crisp with some decent lemon cream notes and just a touch of pear. Fairly light but decent acidity and a short finish. Very good QPR. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Ponzi Vineyards Chardonnay Willamette Valley Reserve 2012

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    Lemon curd, beeswax, apricot and a hint of cream on the nose. Flavors are bold and big and acidic, full of ripe lemon zest, baked apples, and grapefruit. Finishes long and clean with cream and vanilla notes. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Columbia Crest Grand Estates Chardonnay 2012

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    After seeing praise for this wine, I had to try it. The nose has noticeable toast and honey notes but the fruit is dominated by the oak. There just isn't enough fruit to come through the oak. Been drinking Chardonnay for 40 years now and must say, this is no 90 point wine. Short finish and simple. My rating-- 84 Read More

    Wine review by Zuiko


  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Harvest Select Riesling 2013

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    Nice nectarine nose but a fairly simple wine. Needs a bit more acid to balance the sugar. No botrytis complexity as one would like to see from a late harvest Riesling. A bit awkward. My rating--86. Read More

    Wine review by Zuiko


  • V V - I don't know who F-I-L is but I know where Reston VA is.  I used ... and her husband went back to Oregon last Friday so I'm back to a normal life now of feeding rescue cats and doing a bit of painting too (my closet in the master bathroom is in process now).  Tonight we are enjoying a nice St. Francis wine while watching the World Series ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Pendulum Red Blend 2012

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    Great value. Full bodied, for a blend. Rich color. Smooth, and not too fruit-forward, for being this young. Read More

    Wine review by ggharter


  • Stoller Vineyards Sv Estate Pinot Noir Stoller Family Estate 2009

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    A terrific Pinot Noir. A bit more body (a plus!) than most. Read More

    Wine review by Chrisbike7


  • Last weekend was really special.  My sister Carol and her husband Rich ... ... out here from Corvallis, Oregon to stay with us for 4 days - that's the driving force that pushed me to paint a guest room, our master bathroom and then a remodeled guest bathroom (which was finished just one day prior to their arrival on 16 October).  We did a bunc... Read More

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  • REPLY BY AHSAN12, 18 SECONDS AGO.Thanks for all the suggestions for ... ... of California, and southern Oregon, life has gifted us with awesome drinking and toasting treats equal to the culinary delights offered throughout this diverse awesome state. Bon Appetit! It's a good life.&nbs Read More

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  • Thanks for all the suggestions for Chardonnay's, many untried. A new road ... of California, and southern Oregon, life has gifted us with awesome drinking and toasting treats equal to the culinary delights offered throughout this diverse awesome state.Bon Appetit! It's a good lif Read More

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