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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Craig Donofrio

Craig Donofrio is an Advanced Sommelier in the Court of Master Sommeliers and has worked and consulted for some of the nation's top restaurants. He is chief food/wine photographer at Grapevine Studios (www.grapevinestudios.blogspot.com).

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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...

  • 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...

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

  • Carabella Vineyard

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

  • 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 ...

  • Chateau Bianca

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

  • Alexana Winery

    Alexana Wines was born of Dr. Madaiah Revana’s love of the great wines of Burgundy. In the spring...

  • Milbrandt Vineyards

    Farming is in our blood. Our parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles all made their living workin...

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Oregon on Snooth

  • Charles Smith Wines Merlot the Velvet Devil Columbia Valley 2014

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    Very nice garnet color with purple/cranberry colors along the rim. The aromas are deep berry like(blackberry, cherry, blueberry), Earthy, slightly of spice and the flavors...wow! Very smooth fruit, black skinned berry and Earthy quality....mouthfeel is silky, and of smooth tannins that finishes juicy yet dry enough to want another taste soon a... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Troon Vineyard Longue Carabine Applegate Valley 2014

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    Soft oak notes with hints of peach, white grape, honey and a touch of salted caramel on the nose. More white peach and cream on the palate, this is smooth and rich but shows good fresh spice, some lemon zest, more caramel baked apples and a long finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • We will be in the state of Washington and then briefly in Oregon from the 4th through the 15th of March 2017.  Wish we had the time to drive down to Napa / Sonoma for another stay at that Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines - Post Pictures...


  • Another evening out in the district today; started with a play called The ... ... ... which I first tried in Oregon earlier this year at the Thai Pepper restaurant.  Very nice wine but Sandra enjoyed her glass of Loveblock Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough, New Zealand) even more.  Her glass had a bit more acidity and I did like it.  Sandra's salm... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines - Post Pictures...


  • The Virginia wine industry has made great strides towards better wines in the ... ...  In California and Oregon, there are so many excellent wines that you need a calculator to count them al Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Penner-Ash Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2013

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    dark garnet red, yet clear. nose of cherry and plums. complex palate of chocolate and spices Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Seven Hills Winery Dry Rose 2015

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    2015 is much more explosive and feisty vs the '14 or '13. still a Cote's to contend with. Read More

    Wine review by William Djubin


  • We belong to Domaine Drouhine (their USA winery in Oregon) and we sure did enjoy the tasting / tour earlier this year in our March visit.  I wonder how similar their wines are from Burgundy - pretty close I imagine. Read More

    Forum post in the topic It seems I am off to France


  • "So not much of a Burgundy/ Swiss connection Dave?"On one level ... ... of that attitude whereby an Oregon restaurant doesn't list Sonoma PN on their menus, though the relative strength of Oregon vs. CA on PNs is better than that between Switzerland and Burgundy. Burgundy is *the* PN juggernaut and Switzerland is a relative outlier that almost... Read More

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  • Roco Gravel Road Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2014

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    Tight savory notes of cranberry and soft cherry on the nose with hints of dark spice. This continues to be restrained and tart in the mouth with more cranberry and earthy cherry notes with sticky resinous streaks and a light creamy spice on the lengthy finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


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