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

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • Bishop Creek Cellars

    We believe that the art of winemaking starts with quality fruit. Planted in 1988, our grapes come...

  • Silver Falls Vineyards

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

  • Sockeye Winery

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

  • Stangeland Vineyards and Winery

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

  • Girardet Wine Cellars & Vineyard

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

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Oregon on Snooth

  • Washington Hills Gewürztraminer 2007

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    Color of Golden water, A nose of dried fruit(mango, papaya) with sweet-tart. Taste of sweet with light acidity, and very sugary, but with a bite. Scratch my tongue with a razor, yet sweet. Great mix. Read More

    Wine review by rjrausch


  • Delille Cellars Doyenne Aix 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by marileight12


  • Primarius Pinot Noir 2006

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    Wine review by tenzinaire


  • Elk Cove Pinot Noir Mt. Richmond 2007

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    I did not find this wine to be anything special. I definitely did not think it should have as high of a rating as it did. Me and my girlfriend both thought this vintage was too quiet and bland. Maybe a couple more years and some of the flavor will be brought to fruition but as for now I will not be buying this wine again. Read More

    Wine review by vsuttui07


  • Duck Pond Pinot Gris Oregon 2011

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    The Duck Pond Pinot Gris 2006 is excellent, crisp apple...just what you want.The 2007 tastes like ether. Yuck. Read More

    Wine review by nunya b ness


  • Thistle Pinot Noir Dundee Hills 2004

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    No written review

    Wine review by bro brummell


  • Hendricks Gin 2011

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    I bought this "taste untasted" at a Costco in Selma, TX, just for the fact that it's from Scotland and loved the "carrier"! I FINALLY tasted it a couple of weeks ago and had a "EUREKA"! IT really is the best gin I've ever tasted and have even tasted all of the genevers from Holland while I was stationed in Belgium! I don't want to waste it on... Read More

    Wine review by einnal32


  • Thought I'd finally get around to introducing myself, Lord knows I've been ... ... best wineries in Southern Oregon, RoxyAnn Winery. It's much warmer and drier down here than up in the Willamette, and we grow Bordeaux and Rhone varietals down here, as well as some Tempranillo for good measure. We also buy our grapes for our biggest white win... Read More

    Forum post in the topic My Introduction


  • Columbia Winery Riesling Columbia Valley 2008

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    No written review

    Wine review by lafunelle


  • Educated Guess Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

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    Wine review by lafunelle


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