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

  • Viridian Wines

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

  • Milbrandt Vineyards

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

  • Evening Land Vineyards/ONCE Wines

    Once a year our winemaker collaborates with America's best sommeliers to blend the exclusive wi...

  • Territorial Vineyards

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

  • Cloudline Cellars

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

  • Chateau Bianca

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

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Oregon on Snooth

  • Yamhill Valley Pinot Blanc Reserve 2006

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    Mild acidity and mineral nutiness. It has a silky feel on the tongue with the scent and taste of melons. Pairs with pesto or try an apple-walnut salad with craisins, feta and balsamic vinaigrette. Read More

    Wine review by David Kohl


  • Yamhill Valley Reisling 2007

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    This wine displays bright flavors of citrus and grape must. Secondary flavors of slate and petrol contrast this wine's late harvest attitude. Try this wine with turkey schnitzel, red cabbage and schpetzel. The sweetness of the wine complements the savory nature of the fried schnitzel and the salty brine of the cabbage. Other salty and savory dis... Read More

    Wine review by David Kohl


  • Johan Vineyards Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2006

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    Loads of dark fruit and oak and earth on the nose with a bit of spice and tree bark. Palate is leathery and full of tar. Less fruit but it's acidic and there is a hint of black cherries. Read More

    Wine review by mark


  • Johan Vineyards Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2006

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    A bold, meaty, proud pinot noir. A lot of earth, spice and crushed rock to start. Evolves into a nice balance of cherries and spice, before finishing on an oaky raspberry note. Very nice, robust, and masculine. Read More

    Wine review by Philip


  • Johan Vineyards Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2006

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    Much more full-bodied than other pinots I've tried. Lots of heat and spice. My kind of pinot! Read More

    Wine review by solomania9


  • Johan Vineyards Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2006

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    Lots of wood spice, toast, cola, and earthy fruit greet the nose. It's somewhat candied and sweet smelling with a touch of concentrated watermelon and coconut adding a tropical, summery tone to the weighty, slightly hot winter spice. Big and bold on the attack with lots of alcohol and spice covering the rather dark, tarry fruit tones. Heat is al... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Johan Vineyards Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2006

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    sawdust froths from the quivering mouth of a woodchipper, the resin sticks to your fingers. you flip the lid of an iron casket, and you find the following: apricot sapling, pepper spray, jar of sweet mama cass molasses, horn of gunpowder. Read More

    Wine review by Chris Carpita


  • Hogue Genesis Riesling Columbia Valley 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by bassman


  • Chehalem Pinot Noir Stoller Dundee Hills 2006

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    Earthy barnyard aromas overlay blackberry aroma and it all follows thru to the flavor -- a good thing. Wine is well-structured with nice chew and acidity. Read More

    Wine review by ekw590


  • Johan Vineyards Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2006

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    Rich nose of tarry-cassis over hints of oak following thru to flavors. Wine offers good grip in the mouth with nice chew and bright acidity. Read More

    Wine review by ekw590


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