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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  • 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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  • A to Z Wineworks

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

  • Waterbrook Winery

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

  • Chateau Bianca

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

  • Sockeye Winery

    In 2003, Andrew Browne launched Precept Wine Brands. He re-joined his partner Dan Baty from Corus...

  • Girardet Wine Cellars & Vineyard

    Philippe Girardet was born and raised in Switzerland near the headwaters of the Rhone, a French-s...

  • Territorial Vineyards

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

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Oregon on Snooth

  • NAPAGIRL68: I've tasted recent vintages of Stoller, Bethel Heights and ... ... ... Vineyards/Red RidgeFarms/Oregon Olive Mill is a must-see! The only Olioteca in the state, and they are growing cool-climate olives (and their wine is outstanding, each one produced by different well-known winemakers throughout the valley).&nbs Read More

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  • There are so many incredible wineries to visit in McMinnville; especially, ... ... Varietals in the Heart of Oregon's Pinot Noir Country"), Eyrie Vineyards, Robert Brittan, R. Stuart & Co., Dominio IV, Matello and Grochau Wines are all located in the historic Granary District of McMinnville and within walking distance of each other. Grochau an... Read More

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  • Looking forward to your report, CU1!NG's recco about the craft beers on the Hotel Oregon roof is a good one. Nice change of pace and way to refresh a tired palate.... Read More

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  • Hey CBU1, nice to see a fellow North Carolinian on the site.  We're ... ... HouseDomaine Drouhin OregonDomaine SereneElk Cove VineyardsErath WineryEvening Land VineyardsEvesham Wood VineyardHamacher WinesJ.K. CarriereKen Wright CellarsLange Estate WineryLe Cadeau VineyardLennéPurple HandsRaptor Ridge WinerySoléna EstateWhite Rose WinesWillaKe... Read More

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  • J Christopher is in Newberg...  I have liked a few of their wines in the ... on the roof top of the Hotel Oregon (Mcmenamin's hotel), although it is BEER centric here.  We brought our own wine.  you could ck on the corkage fee policy.  It is nice to look out over the town and countrysid Read More

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  • You came to the right place.  We toured tried 23 wineries last spring ... ... Carriere wine club while in Oregon.  You can check out numerous pictures of our wine tour here:  http://www.bigal-computers.net/wine-country-2013.php  If you like Pinot Noir, I highly recommend J. K. Carriere.&nbs Read More

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  • Hello All,We're traveling from Portland to Napa along the Oregon Coast. Would love your recommendations for:1.  An exceptional vineyard tasting room near McMinnville.2. An association or coop, or other tasting facility that represents numerous Willamette Valley Pinot Noirs, again near McMinnville.Thanks very much, Carbonunit1 Read More

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  • Copa di Vino White Zinfandel 1987

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    Unique packaging, wine in a cup with a resealable lid. This zinfanel is what is commonly expected from a good wine. Sweet with only a slightly dry finish, the greatest appeal comes from only needing to have one glass...or shall I say cup? Ideal for camping, picnics and the like, travels light, easy to stow away and satisfying overall. Read More

    Wine review by Aegelis


  • Many thanks for the sarcasm, and no, I’ve never seen a therapist for ... ... wineries from California, Oregon, Washington and east to Texas Hill Country (BTW, most of the Texas wineries note that some of their best selling wines are from fruit sourced from California). And of those near 1,000 wineries, I bet there are hundreds I’ve never even ... Read More

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  • A To Z Wineworks Chardonnay Oregon 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by puhnner


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