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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Craig Donofrio

Craig Donofrio is an Advanced Sommelier in the Court of Master Sommeliers and has worked and consulted for some of the nation's top restaurants. He is chief food/wine photographer at Grapevine Studios (www.grapevinestudios.blogspot.com).

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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

  • Bishop Creek Cellars

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

  • Dusty Cellars Winery

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

  • A to Z Wineworks

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

  • Silvan Ridge Winery

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

  • Evening Land Vineyards/ONCE Wines

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

  • Cloudline Cellars

    Cloudline Cellars represents a first for Dreyfus, Ashby—our own wine. Given our love for Pino...

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Oregon on Snooth

  • We are getting our daughter's bedroom painted today and tomorrow, now that ... ... a winery we joined in Oregon this year during our March 2017 trip to Washington and Oregon.  Now I can tell you, this is a nice Chardonna Read More

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  • Rascal Pinot Noir 2015

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    Running a bit hot, but just a bit. Nice pinot. Typical of the varietal. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Seven Hills Columbia Valley Merlot 2011

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    Nothing shy about this - it grabs you right from the start with it's rich lush fruit - blackberry, plum, damp forest floor, tomato leaf. medium tannins and good acidity, this rings out enjoyment - still another year of prime drinking - 92 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Seven Hills Columbia Valley Merlot 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by Lemont


  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

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    Gift from Stark's. 5/2017. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • EM - Yes, lots of older riders have their bikes shipped out to some place near ... (visiting from Corvallis, Oregon for our daughter's wedding tomorrow) went to watch the grand kids last night, leaving Rich (Carol's husband) and I to sample some nice wines.  This was to be similar to our Pinot Noir tasting at their house in Corvallis this past... Read More

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  • Domaine Ste. Michelle Brut NV

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    Pear, green apple, peach and ripe melon aromas with a slight creamy brioche note. Very fresh and quite creamy on the palate with fine bubbles and a prickly texture opening for fresh citrus notes of lime and grapefruit. Finishes with a refreshing acidity and good length. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • "with regard to Pinot Noir, I still prefer the ones from Oregon"You need to drink a lot more Burgundy, and of the others I mentioned, too.  ;-)   Oregon's getting there but still on the road, not yet fully arrived IMHO, even if I enjoy many of theirs. Was writing on these boards about Soter and Drouhin, for example, last decade. I certainly comm... Read More

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  • We're still drinking wine, but we've been busy, getting out to shows, ... I still prefer the ones from Oregon - although the Duckhorn Goldeneye Pinot Noir bottles always seem to come out on top when we do side by side comparisons.  Go figur Read More

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  • Yamhill Valley Vineyards Pinot Gris 2015

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    Light, fruity aromas of peach and green apple with an oat straw note adding a bit of creaminess. White peach, tart apple and pear on the palate, a zesty mid palate and a cool breezy finish, this is fruit forward, flavorful and refreshing. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • 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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