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

  • 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

  • Territorial Vineyards

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

  • Chateau Bianca

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

  • Silver Falls Vineyards

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

  • Silvan Ridge Winery

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

  • Girardet Wine Cellars & Vineyard

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

  • Sockeye Winery

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

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Oregon on Snooth

  • Ponzi Vineyards Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Tavola 2006

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    Screwcap Very fresh with touches of sweet soil, aromatic wood/pencil shavings, and balsamic tones. More barrel and soil than fruit at first. Very savory spice notes add some depth to the perfumy sour/gamy fruit. Light yet lush and relaxed in the mouth but with real solid intensity to the slightly roasted strawberry fruits. Lovely bright acids... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • A To Z Wineworks Pinot Noir Oregon Pinot Noir Other Oregon 2007

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    FINALLY! A domestic Pinot Noir that actually tastes like it's from Burgundy. Dry, Fruity (smoky cherry and black cherry) , fresh, medium body. Best served slightly chilled (around 60F). This is the kind of wine I can drink by itself or with some mild cheeses. Read More

    Wine review by SLICK75


  • A To Z Wineworks Pinot Noir Oregon Pinot Noir Other Oregon 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by SLICK75


  • Hogue Cellars Ff Late Harvest White Riesling 2006

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    This is one that I will buy again and again! Not a sophisticated drink, just pure enjoyment! I can drink glass after glass especially after dinner or on a Saturday afternoon. This is definately a sweeter wine but not so sweet as a moscato. Read More

    Wine review by dkmrd5


  • Sokol Blosser Red Blend Oregon Meditrina II NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by meg1


  • Argyle Extended Tirage Brut 1997

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    No written review

    Wine review by themanofstrath


  • Argyle Extended Tirage Brut 1998

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    No written review

    Wine review by themanofstrath


  • Soléna Merlot Wooldridge Creek 2003

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    The wine had an inky, dark color, with much sediment. The nose is restrained at first opening (I did not decant) and on the second day displayed heavy notes of plum and raisin. The wine itself was fairly subdued, tart, rather tannic, in a style that I prefer but may not be to everyone's liking. I would call it rather French and the very antithes... Read More

    Wine review by mos71


  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Red Blend Columbia Valley Orphelin Limited Release 2005

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    Just discovering Columbia Valley wines and recommended by a chef/owner friend who prides himself on great wines at good prices. Fruit forward, light for a red of this nature, complex back end with subtle floral nose. Read More

    Wine review by Sippy McSipper


  • A To Z Pinot Gis 2005

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    FINALLY! A domestic Pinot Noir that actually tastes like it's from Burgundy. Dry, Fruity (smoky cherry and black cherry) , fresh, medium body. Best served slightly chilled (around 60F). This is the kind of wine I can drink by itself or with some mild cheeses. Read More

    Wine review by SLICK75


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