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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Carabella Vineyard

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

  • Chateau Bianca

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

  • EIEIO

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

  • Sockeye Winery

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

  • Silvan Ridge Winery

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

  • Wine by Joe

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

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Oregon on Snooth

  • Novelty Hill Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia valley 2012

    Snoothrank:

    Again, drinking above it's price point with dark berry fruits, red plum, damp earth, spice and herbal tones. Medium chewy tannins and excellent acidity gives the impression this could sit another 2-3 years. Drink or hold - 91 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Erath Vineyards Pinot Noir Oregon 2014

    Snoothrank:

    As usual, light bodied - but this fleshes out a little more with time. Plenty red berry fruit, bing cherry and a little tartness, spice, a little earthiness with light tannins and good acidity. Drink now - Paul - 87 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Oh, my middle sister Carol and her Husband Rich were up in Salem Oregon doing their part.  They had rain initially and then the sun came out.  We had rain all day in the district. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines - Post Pictures...


  • Wow, where do I start? Famed horticulturist Luther Burbank called Sonoma County ... ... source Wagyu Beef from Oregon. They also process your wild game if you are a hunter. Full smoking, sausage making, dry aging facilities. No matter what cut you want and/or how long you want it aged they can do it for you. The easiest stop for meat but not t... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Favorite local markets for...


  • "the southernmost extremes of Ontario are actually further south than ... ... ... plantable place in Cali, Oregon, and Washington is used, or the west coast turns into the Gobi desert.  BC is Canada's quality wine region, and even that's going to be "pick your spots."  BTW, in addition to going to school in Ithaca, I have traversed via car alm... Read More

    Forum post in the topic 10 Up and Coming Wine Regions


  • Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir Whole Cluster 2015

    Snoothrank:

    well, it's an excellent wine of cause but what surprised me the most - is a light aroma of cotton and wildflowers and that you can catch for a first few seconds! Then it vanishes leaving nice dried dark berries nose. Taste is juicy, silky, minty, fresh berries and dried fruit. leaves a "90% chocolate" bar on a tongue. Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • Ponzi Vineyards Pinot Noir Tavola Willamette Valley 2015

    Snoothrank:

    A bit muted on opening but opened by the second day. Cherry and cinnamon on the nose turning to sour cherry in the mouth with light tannins on the finish. Fruit turned darker the second day. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot Indian Wells Columbia Valley 2013

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    Ripe and grapey with light acidity and light tannins. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Siduri Chehalem Mountains Pinot Noir 2008

    Snoothrank:

    A strawberry, raspberry red in the glass. Plenty of red berry fruits on the nose with vanilla and loads of spice. The acidity is in charge here. A little to much to be honest. Had it been more in balance this could have easily been an 88 pt wine. The fruit comes through with the spice and vanilla layered in, maybe the last bottle will have to si... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Siduri Chehalem Mountains Pinot Noir 2008

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    No written review

    Wine review by shaldane


  • 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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