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. 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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Alexana Winery

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

  • Girardet Wine Cellars & Vineyard

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

  • Cloudline Cellars

    Cloudline Cellars represents a first for Dreyfus, Ashby—our own wine. Given our love for Pino...

  • Silvan Ridge Winery

    : Silvan Ridge-Hinman Vineyards was established in 1979 and is the oldest winery in Lane County....

  • Viridian Wines

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

  • Stone Wolf Vineyards

    Stone Wolf has been producing wines of quality and flair since 1998. At what is now a memorable p...

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Oregon on Snooth

  • Bridgeview Pinot Noir Oregon Blue Moon 2006

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    Wine review by ordie4


  • Chehalem Pinot Noir Stoller Dundee Hills 2006

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    Candied on the nose with strong notes of cola, grilled steak, black pepper and a slight tone of the beach at low tide. Pretty well knit together on the palate with a focused core of cola and roast cherry fruit that is a touch sweet. Finishes cleanly though a little non-descript and without much depth, still it's well made and avoids the over ext... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Ponzi Vineyards Pinot Noir Iota Cellars 2006

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    A bit oaky on the nose with burnt sugar notes accenting the sweet cola and sour roast meat tones- Lean and bright on entry and while a bit shallow across the palate there is appealing raspberry and earthy tones. This gains volume on the backend and leads to a fine finish of dark, earthy fruit that is cut but a gentle green herb note. Drink 2009-... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Fiddlehead Cellars Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Oldsville Reserve 2006

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    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Fiddlehead Cellars Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Oldsville Reserve 2006

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    Herbal on the nose with a bed of licorice and leather tones and sweet medicinal cough drop notes. Sweet and rich in the mouth with lots of cola, raspberry candy, herbal and minty medicinal tones. This is well proportioned and while imposing never gets clumsy or opaque. Finishes with a candied melon note. Complex and full bodied for the fruit lov... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Antica Terra Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2006

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    This opens with a lovely beefy, black peppery nose with a touch of cola and dank, sweet/savory Burgundian berry fruits. A bit muddled on the attack with earth, roast meat and hay notes that yield to beautiful herbal tinged ripe dark cherry and black berry fruits. Finishes with solid length an a bit of pumpkin pie on the end. Not a typical fruit ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Willakenzie Pinot Noir Emery 2007

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    Floral and herbal on the nose with green berry notes that are enchanting. The nose smells fresh, bright and organic. In the mouth this is zesty with transparent sweet cranberry fruit. It's lively and pure, if a touch simple, but with such crisp purity it's undeniable appealing! Drink it sooner rather than later 2009-2011 91pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling Barrel Fermented 1992

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    Decent though not my favorite Riesling on the market. Read More

    Wine review by abbeym


  • Four Graces Four Graces 07 Pinot Noir White 2007

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    Brilliant ruby color. Barnyard and wet wool on the nose. Extremely soft, dry, and mellow with delicate elegant and complex bright red fruits. Really like this. Read More

    Wine review by solomania9


  • Territorial Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Stone's Throw 2003

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    Wine review by akelly22


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