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 & owner of TheRealWineJulia.com; as well as, the Oregon Correspondent for Snooth - bringing the wines of Oregon to life through words & wisdom. The luscious & elegant Oregon Pinot Noir captured my heart a long time ago.

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Varietals Produced in Oregon View all

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • 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...

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Popular Wineries in Oregon View all

  • Dusty Cellars Winery

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

  • Wine by Joe

    Yes, there really is a Joe! Joe Dobbes is the man behind your bottle of Wine By Joe. As the sole ...

  • Territorial Vineyards

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

  • Coelho Winery

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

  • Sockeye Winery

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

  • Panther Creek Cellars

    Panther Creek wines are Oregon's most beautifully packaged and also the most concentrated and age...

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Oregon on Snooth

  • This is an interesting story with a happy ending.  We ordered three ... ... Noir from California, not Oregon.  So Sandra notified Domain Serene and they figured out that:  (1)  They don't have any connection to any California winery, so they could not have possibly sent that wine.  (2)  Our package was still awaiting pickup at the same FedEx f... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Our lucky day


  • D, this one was made before Bill Foley bought the estate. It's a touch on ... ... name is David Lattin. Oregon State/UC Davis grad. Been with them since '0 Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Three Rivers Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

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    The wine is a beautiful rich ruby color in the glass with a bit of opacity at the center. The nose is a lovely combination of vanilla bean, leather, blackberry and a hint of graphite. The taste is a modest bit of fruit up front, some blackberry and plum, but very subtle, which transitions to some lovely winter spice notes midpalate, a bit of n... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • I recently googled wine meetup groups in or near the city in which I live. I ... at a wine club in Portland Oregon. There were about 30 to 40 people there. The proceedings started with a man who introduced himself as the wine store owner (the meeting was in his wine store). He is soon to take his Sommelier test and was quite knowledgeable abou... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine Meetup Clubs


  • A To Z Pinot Noir Oregon 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by Nbrown04


  • Waterbrook Winery Melange Blanc Columbia Valley 2012

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    Fresh green apple, lemon juice, and lime zest on the nose and palate. Vestigial carbon dioxide tickles the tongue, acting as a slight but bright fizz. The full mouth feel is balanced by a crisp, clean and zesty finish. A superb value. Read More

    Wine review by Claudia Angelillo


  • Elk Cove Pinot Gris 2013

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    This is a really tasty Pinot Gris from Willamette. Similar to a high end Napa Sauv Blanc with soft lemon pith, ripe green apple, a touch of white grapefruit, nice mouth feel, really nice acidity, and a fairly long finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Amity Vineyards Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Oregon Select 2011

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    Hated Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Revelry Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

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    Nice cabernet. Fairly strong though. Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • It's salty and fatty, and with whiz one would expect. Something with a bit ... ... beefy flavor. I think an Oregon Pinot Gris might work well here or something from Alsace. There real answer of course is Lambrusco, and drinking foaming pink wine out of plastic cups seems eminently appropriat Read More

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  • I have been reading in Wine Speculator about all the vineyards around Portland. Our son lives there, however when we go to visit, we never get to see any. Next time we will.

    Comment by 1013283cience7 1013283 cience7


  • I will be in Oregon for a family reunion at the end of July, which wineries are too good to miss. We will be planning a tasting day for 8 people. Susy

    Comment by 610070Susy Stone 610070 Susy Stone


  • Sloppy spelling. It is Hood River, McMinnville, and Willamette. Those are just three mis-spelled places with regard to Oregon. How many other sloppy spellings are there on the site?

    Comment by 814949zbarnett 814949 zbarnett


  • I drank a wonderful Reisling from Oregon, the name was Next. The restaurant is no longer in business and I do not know the vineyard that produced it. Any help out there?

    Comment by 121273Pat Smoot 121273 Pat Smoot


  • I enjoyed one of the most wonderful Cameron Wines. It was a 2008 Abbey Ridge. Such a beautiful glass of sunshine

    Comment by 137527Glendamcd 137527 Glendamcd


  • Left Coast Cellars produces true, authethentic Pinot Noir with power & delicate style.Try the Cali's Cuvee" 2005. I'd also like to reccomend the Left Coast Cellars Chardonnay complemented with just the right amount of subtle oak.It's balance and complexity rivaled some solidfrench (domaines as well as village wines)burgundies I tasted just days ...

    Comment by 509794wineinsiderone 509794 wineinsiderone


  • Big fan of Willamette Valley Vineyards. The terroir and techniques produce amazing Pinot Noir!

    Comment by 182332The Corkscrew Diary 182332 The Corkscrew Diary


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