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

  • 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...

  • 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...

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...

  • Ayoub

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

  • Sockeye Winery

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

  • Phelps Creek Vineyards

    A small, artisan producer focused on Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Gewurztraminer grown within the C...

  • Carabella Vineyard

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

  • Girardet Wine Cellars & Vineyard

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

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Oregon on Snooth

  • A To Z Chardonnay 2014


    rich, structured, buttery :) Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim

  • Charles Smith Wines Merlot the Velvet Devil Columbia Valley 2014


    Very nice garnet color with purple/cranberry colors along the rim. The aromas are deep berry like(blackberry, cherry, blueberry), Earthy, slightly of spice and the flavors...wow! Very smooth fruit, black skinned berry and Earthy quality....mouthfeel is silky, and of smooth tannins that finishes juicy yet dry enough to want another taste soon a... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage

  • Troon Vineyard Longue Carabine Applegate Valley 2014


    Soft oak notes with hints of peach, white grape, honey and a touch of salted caramel on the nose. More white peach and cream on the palate, this is smooth and rich but shows good fresh spice, some lemon zest, more caramel baked apples and a long finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • We will be in the state of Washington and then briefly in Oregon from the 4th through the 15th of March 2017.  Wish we had the time to drive down to Napa / Sonoma for another stay at that Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa. Read More

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

  • Another evening out in the district today; started with a play called The ... ... ... which I first tried in Oregon earlier this year at the Thai Pepper restaurant.  Very nice wine but Sandra enjoyed her glass of Loveblock Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough, New Zealand) even more.  Her glass had a bit more acidity and I did like it.  Sandra's salm... Read More

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

  • The Virginia wine industry has made great strides towards better wines in the ... ...  In California and Oregon, there are so many excellent wines that you need a calculator to count them al Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • Penner-Ash Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2013


    dark garnet red, yet clear. nose of cherry and plums. complex palate of chocolate and spices Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim

  • Seven Hills Winery Dry Rose 2015


    2015 is much more explosive and feisty vs the '14 or '13. still a Cote's to contend with. Read More

    Wine review by William Djubin

  • We belong to Domaine Drouhine (their USA winery in Oregon) and we sure did enjoy the tasting / tour earlier this year in our March visit.  I wonder how similar their wines are from Burgundy - pretty close I imagine. Read More

    Forum post in the topic It seems I am off to France

  • "So not much of a Burgundy/ Swiss connection Dave?"On one level ... ... of that attitude whereby an Oregon restaurant doesn't list Sonoma PN on their menus, though the relative strength of Oregon vs. CA on PNs is better than that between Switzerland and Burgundy. Burgundy is *the* PN juggernaut and Switzerland is a relative outlier that almost... Read More

    Forum post in the topic It seems I am off to France

  • 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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