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

  • Silver Falls Vineyards

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

  • Bishop Creek Cellars

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

  • Purple Hands Wine

    Purple Hands is owned and operated by Oregon winemaker and oenophile, Cody Wright. Cody grew up i...

  • 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...

  • Ayoub

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

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  • I am always amazed as to what people have on Thanksgiving. Everything from ... Or try a great Pinot from Oregon, Cali or even Austrailia. Remember to enjoy the day and do not eat too much. If your family is like mine, then you will be hoarding your wine all to yourself since most of my family members can only enjoy a taste of wine before p... Read More

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  • Cristom Pinot Gris Eola Amity Hills Estate 2006

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    A wonderful dry wine with great flavors that rise above the dryness. Fesh fruits dance with a int of citrus to make a delightful combination to accompany a heavy cream sauce. Read More

    Wine review by scottdseaman


  • What Wine for Thanksgiving Snooth Panel Tasting Program blind tastes West ... ... is a difference between say, Oregon Pinot and Russian River Pinot.  Not only does the climate produce different wines, not to mention the soils, but there are also different wine making schools of thought out on the west coast. Light elegant Burundian Pinots del... Read More

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  • Wines tasted in this reportFlight 1A)2006 Ponzi A Tavola Willamette Valley ... ... both Californian and Oregon Pinot on the Snooth blog. While I usually would want to post a more informative piece here on my page I'm going to make an exception this time. With thanksgiving right around the corner I'd rather get these notes up to help you mak... Read More

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  • What Wine for Thanksgiving Snooth Panel Tasting Program blind tastes West ... ... is a difference between say, Oregon Pinot and Russian River Pinot.  Not only does the climate produce different wines, not to mention the soils, but there are also different wine making schools of thought out on the west coast. Light elegant Burundian Pinots del... Read More

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  • Blackwood Canyon Riesling Vendange Tardive 1987

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    No written review

    Wine review by jeremy1


  • Penner-Ash Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2002

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    Wine review by cclarsen


  • Leonetti Cellar Merlot Washington 1996

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    Wine review by bykfxr


  • Chehalem Pinot Noir Stoller Dundee Hills 2006

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    Screwcap Intense and ever-so-slightly roasted fruit that has excellent warm middle-eastern spice notes, and a grilled rare steak tone. Very interesting on the nose as it has some cool climate rainwater character but also offers up very ripe fruits with spicy, dried cherry tones. Sweetish yet with acid to support the fruit, very fine polished ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Elk Cove Vineyards Windham Pinot Noir 2006

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    Deep fruit, dark cherry with mint, dark herb, green spice and tea notes. Has a little Burgundian funkiness going on with a nice note of peppercorns and grilled, rare beef. Very clean, precise with modest but lovely crisp tannins, solid acidity is refreshing, red cherry fruit is fresh and crisp with a touch of that green spice up front then tea... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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