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

  • 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...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • 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

  • Silver Falls Vineyards

    ilver Falls Vineyards is a family owned and operated winery located in the mid-Willamette Valley ...

  • Panther Creek Cellars

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

  • Stangeland Vineyards and Winery

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

  • Waterbrook Winery

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

  • Milbrandt Vineyards

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

  • Phelps Creek Vineyards

    A small, artisan producer focused on Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Gewurztraminer grown within the C...

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Oregon on Snooth

  • Today is Sandra's 54th birthday - one more year until she can retire at 55 ... and her husband Rich (from Oregon) out in the north-western part of Virginia.  The two wineries were Linden and then Chateau O'Brien.  Our favorite wine at Linden was their 2010 red wine called Hardscrabble ($$) and the favorite from Chateau O'Brien was the 2009 Nor... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Rascal Oregon Pinot Gris 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by michalene


  • 14 Hands Vineyards Hot To Trot Red Blend 2012

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    Mary said she and Joyce both decided this was a very good with pizza, after a hard day of moving Joyce's father's stuff to MI from IN. I was at the M football game that evening and missed out. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Several of our CA and OR wine clubs have sent us actual keys this fall, ... ... Serene winery in Willamette Oregon.  Is this just a new marketing gimmick?&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic What's up with the keys being...


  • Waterbrook Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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    The wine is a bright ruby color in the glass, a little lighter than I normally expect from a Cabernet. The nose displays ample black fruit, plum, currant and cassis over a bit of toasted oak and vanilla. The taste is very nice, with some ripe fruit up front and a bit of jammy sweetness that reminds me more of a Zinfandel than a Cabernet. Midp... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • We're just cleaning the house this weekend, getting ready for my youngest ... ... They live in Corvallis Oregon, and we visited a few wineries with them up in the Willamette Valley last year during our 2-week tour of Alexander, Napa, Anderson and Willamette Valleys in 2013.  However, hard work gets rewarded in our household, hence we opened a... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Corvidae Wine Company Lenore Syrah Columbia Valley 2011

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    A bit stemmy and herbal on the nose in an attractive way with hints of red hots candy and medicinal licorice tones framing floral tinged black fruits. A touch weighty in the mouth, this has the hint of red hots and a really detailed streak of slightly bitter and medicinal licorice from the nose along with pepper black fruit on the palate. Integr... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Domaine Drouhin Arthur Chardonnay 2012

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    One of the best chardonnay's in the mid $30 ($35 at the winery) range we've had. Creamy lemon pith, a slight touch of oak, a bit of minerality, wonderful smooth tongue coating mouthfeel, decent amount of acidity and a medium to long finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Kramer Vineyards Pinot Noir Rose 2013

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    Very satisfying sparkler from one of Willamette's oldest wineries. Pink rose color with wild strawberry, tart cherry, decent acidity and a medium finish. This is not real dry but not sweet either, it walks a fine line between both, quite enjoyable. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Anam Cara Cellars Nicholas Estate Pinot Noir Chehalem Mountains 2012

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    Wine review by anchca


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