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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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

  • Ayoub

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

  • Territorial Vineyards

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

  • Girardet Wine Cellars & Vineyard

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

  • Coelho Winery

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

  • Chateau Bianca

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

  • Carabella Vineyard

    All Carabella wines are sourced from our 58 acre site in Oregon's Chehalem Mountains. We produce ...

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Oregon on Snooth

  • Kramer Vineyards Pinot Gris Estate 2015

    Snoothrank:

    Double Gold Winner, Cannon Beach, March 2017 Read More

    Wine review by trudykramerwine


  • King Estate Hyland Vineyard Pinot Noir McMinnville 2014

    Snoothrank:

    Strawberry and cherry, heavy and aromatic on the nose with potpourri, lively wild berry notes and a hint of licorice. On the palate this is tart and crisp with bold acidity and earthen fruit notes of cherry and raspberry, a bit of warmth coming in on the mid palate with some spice and notes of leather, clay and smoke, wrapped in more red fruit. ... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Dancin Ecarte Pinot Noir Oregon 2015

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    Dark, plummy notes of black cherry and cinnamon spice. Lightly floral, delicate aromas and a mineral note with a touch of heat. Raspberry and cherry fruit on the palate, sweetly spiced and floral with a fresh palate towards the finish with touches of licorice and cherry cola. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Walnut City Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2016

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    Aromatic cherry raspberry and strawberry aromas, lightly floral with notes of tart earth. Mixed berry and wildflower on the palate, juicy and spicy with a touch of smoked herb on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Stoller Family Estate Pinot Noir Dundee Hills 2016

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    Raspberry, blueberry and cherry aromas are open and expressive here with notes of spice adding to the nose. Generous, juicy and refreshing on the palate with notes of cherry, spiced cola and mixed wild berry jam, medium plus acidity and hints of cocoa and a pleasant zestiness towards the finish - turning a touch cool and herbal right at the fini... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • A to Z Wineworks The Essence of Oregon Pinot Noir Oregon 2015

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    Black pepper spice and cherry notes with licorice and vanilla on the nose. A bit earthy, a bit tarry on the palate with a deep dark chocolate and black cherry palate, bold spice and thick tannins, concentrated and plummy towards the finish with more earthy, resinous character right to the tip. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Chehalem Three Vineyard Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2015

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    Beautiful cranberry and cherry aromas with notes of red current jam and wild flowers. Powerful, juicy crushed cherry notes on the palate with fresh blueberry and raspberry notes around the edges, tart acidity on the mid palate and a soft mineral earth filling in on the finish with some dark chocolate and ripe plum skin.91 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Rex Hill Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2015

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    Raspberry seed and strawberry jam aromas with full cherry notes and a gentle cedar character with baking spice. Herbal cherry and red currant on the palate with deep, rich flavors of red berry, strawberry and red currant, a floral expression of freshly picked blossom, tart cranberry on the mid palate and a finish of creamy textured earth.90 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • A To Z Wineworks Pinot Noir Oregon 2015

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    Ripe, bold cherry and raspberry aromas with notes of fresh cut flowers. Juicy, round and firm mouthfeel with pleasantly fruity and smooth notes of cherry compote, raspberry jam and mellow tannins warm on the finish with cinnamon spice and creamy texture of mixed berry and fresh earth. Easy drinking and quite pleasant.89 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Winter's Hill Estate Watershed Pinot Noir Dundee Hills 2015

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    Clear, impressively fruited nose redolent of cherries, raspberries and cream with vanilla notes and a touch of smoke. In the mouth this is herbal and earthy, with thick streaks of tarry toast and smoke layered with blueberry, cherry and raspberry fruit, a tart focused palate towards the finish with cherry cola and chocolate.89 pts 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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