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

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

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

  • Chateau Bianca

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

  • Milbrandt Vineyards

    Farming is in our blood. Our parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles all made their living workin...

  • Coelho Winery

    Coelho Winery is a small family-owned winery located in Amity, Oregon. Our vineyard was planted ...


    At EIEIO & Company we make the best possible wine we can without compromise. To date, this is a ...

  • Ayoub

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

  • Dusty Cellars Winery

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

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Oregon on Snooth

  • Pedestal Merlot 2005


    Deep crimson-colored, it offers an enticing perfume of tasty new oak, pencil lead, spice box, clove, allspice, red currants, and black cherry. Read More

    Wine review by nya

  • Chester Kidder Blend 2004


    Deep and concentrated, the 2004 Chester-Kidder is a wine with pure, ripe blackberry and dark chocolate aromas and flavors. Rich, lingering tannins coat the palate, giving the wine its vibrant mouth feel and long, satisfying finish. Read More

    Wine review by nya

  • Long Shadows Wineries Red Blend Columbia Valley Saggi 2005


    This Super Tuscan style wine offers delicate fig and baking spice aromas. Bright red fruit and dark cherries enhance the wines balanced structure. The finish is long and concentrated with a hint of ripe pomegranate. Read More

    Wine review by nya

  • Poet's Leap Riesling 2007


    Bright and balanced, the 2007 Poets Leap Riesling is a clean, refreshing wine with aromas and flavor showcasing the purity of the grape. White peaches, honey, an appealing mineral note, and a hint of ripe apricot are enhanced by the wines crisp acidity and fresh, lively finish. Read More

    Wine review by nya

  • Couvillion Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley Hoobie 2005


    I tasted this wine from the first release and two years later and it surprisingly just keeps tasting excellent! It is still available from the winemaker and from http://www.wallawallawinewoman.com Read More

    Wine review by wildwallawalla

  • Cloudline Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2006


    Appearance - Wine seemed very see through... watery. Almost pink.Smell - Grassy smellTaste - Acidic after taste, (tannin)Overall - OK.. I would purchase again and let it sit. Read More

    Wine review by Evita22

  • Flying Dutchman Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Quail Run 2002


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    Wine review by alli84

  • A To Z 2006


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    Wine review by cphelms

  • Argyle Spirithouse Pinot Noir 2006


    It had a very high alcohol level; almost to the point of asphyxiating you if you inhaled a little too deep. It had a distinctive plum flavor, but then had a rather acrid aftertaste along with a strong alcohol burn Read More

    Wine review by RachelNYC

  • Charles Smith Riesling Washington Kung Fu Girl 2010


    Excellent! Not too sweet with a very nice acidity. Had it with smoked turkey and it was a perfect match! Would also be excellent with spicy foods. Read More

    Wine review by cookypuss1

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