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 »

Mentor for Oregon Wines

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

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

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

  • Wine by Joe

    Yes, there really is a Joe! Joe Dobbes is the man behind your bottle of Wine By Joe. As the sole ...

  • Viridian Wines

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

  • Evening Land Vineyards/ONCE Wines

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

  • Waterbrook Winery

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

  • Dusty Cellars Winery

    Small family owned and operated winery on Camano Island, WA. Committed to quality hand crafted wi...

  • Silver Falls Vineyards

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

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Oregon on Snooth

  • King Estate Pinot Gris 2005

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    Heard about this wine on a radio show, making a road trip from Atlanta, Ga to ... (the fact that it was from Oregon made it more intriguing).Not having much experience with wines from Oregon or with Pinot Gris.....out of curiosity I sought it out.It delivers. Reasonably priced. Straight forward, not very complex until it warms and breaths a ... Read More

    Wine review by JVM


  • Duck Pond Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Fries Family Cellars 2006

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    A decent Pinot with an odd bubbly sensation on the tongue. While decent, I don't think I'd buy again. Read More

    Wine review by mikebmassey


  • Eugène Klipfel Klevener de Heiligenstein 2000

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    No written review

    Wine review by Olivier


  • Brooks Riesling 2006

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    This wine is all over the place. initially it tastes like green apple juice. over the course of the evening (as the wine rose in temperature) the dominant flavor became those lemon candies that your grandma left on her counter. almost a diet lemon snapple component.the finish has a hint of that lovely petrol/kerosene profile that is so typical o... Read More

    Wine review by aronowm2


  • Columbia Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Yakima Valley Otis Vineyard 2004

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    Dried currants on the nose with a nice cedar / vanilla scent. Rich and fruity throughout, with a lot of powerful dark fruits. Robust tannic finish, with the fruit moving to licorice at this point. Read More

    Wine review by Philip


  • Benton Lane First Class Pinot Noir 2002

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    No written review

    Wine review by MMK73


  • Clawson Creek Angela Pinot Noir 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by jeffmacintyre


  • Willakenzie Pinot Noir Emery 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by jeffmacintyre


  • Sokol Blosser White Blend Oregon Evolution No. 9 NV

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    Although it's non-vintage, the wine still changes quite a bit between the different iterations, as many of these "kitchen sink" blends tend to do. I found that I enjoyed it immensely with spicy foods in 2007, and in 2008 the wine seemed to tend toward off-dry and didn't compliment the same tastes as the previous year. I'll try it again when th... Read More

    Wine review by corskier


  • Velocity Velo Rogue Valley 2004

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    No written review

    Wine review by corskier


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