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 & Professional Wine Judge. Completely charmed by Oregon's earthy, elegant Pinot Noirs.

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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...

  • 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...

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

  • Sockeye Winery

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

  • Ayoub

    After a long and careful search to find the best site possible to plant Pinot Noir, Mohamad “Mo” ...

  • A to Z Wineworks

    A to Z Wineworks was started in 2002 by four friends, Oregon wine industry veterans, Deb Hatch...

  • Waterbrook Winery

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

  • Evening Land Vineyards/ONCE Wines

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

  • Bishop Creek Cellars

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

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Oregon on Snooth

  • Adelsheim Pinot Noir 2003

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    Wine review by truelove39


  • Covington Cellars Viognier Columbia Valley 2005

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    Wine review by Donut00


  • Folin Cellars Tempranillo Rogue Valley 2005

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    This wine has everything a new world tempranillo should. The nose is full of ... not over done, like many S. Oregon wines tend to be (i.e. too jammy, lacking acidity/balance). It's evidently the Del Rio proximity with the cool evenings/nights that the grapes in this wine were privileged to bask in and retain their acidity & full flavors of mix... Read More

    Wine review by vinvino


  • Nw Vine Project Red Blend Columbia Valley Red Splendor 2005

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    Great QPR, if you can seek this out, do so... Lot of fruit, earthy berry, vanilla, chocolate and fig. Delicious, would give it 89-90 QPR. Read More

    Wine review by vinvino


  • Owen Roe Red Blend Yakima Valley 2004

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    Amazing juice. Have been waiting one year to break into the case and it was well worth the wait. The wine has improved beyond my imagination. On the nose: blue & black berries with deep mineral components. Palate made my tonge dance! It is a pleasurable blend of berry, chocolate, coffee notes, and a finish that sings. David O'Reilly is at ... Read More

    Wine review by vinvino


  • Argyle Extended Tirage Brut 1996

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    No written review

    Wine review by cmol


  • King Estate Pinot Noir Signature 2005

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    Wine review by airjesse123


  • Barons V Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley Barrel Sample 2000

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    Actually, Barons V didn't release their first vintage until 2001. However, all vintages from 2001 to the current 2004 is fantastic, with inky black color, concentrated fruit, and chewy tannins. For those who like BIG, complex, balanced wines, this one is right near the top of the list, next to Quilceda Creek and other world-class Cabernets fro... Read More

    Wine review by Baycruiser1


  • Woodward Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon Old Vines 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by WJTronoski


  • For this weeks Wine and Music pairing I have chosen a band and a bottle from Oregon a 2007 Adelsheim Rose from Willamette and Portland based Blind Pilot.There is a great review of the wine by Matt Kramer in The Oregonian (June 16th) which has a reference to music and wine.Matt comments that we can all grow fatigued by complex flavor filled "sym... Read More

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