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...

  • 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...

  • Cloudline Cellars

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

  • Stangeland Vineyards and Winery

    2500 case winery specializing in Pinot Noir of the Willamette Valley and Eola-Amity Hills AVA. Al...

  • Territorial Vineyards

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

  • Stone Wolf Vineyards

    Stone Wolf has been producing wines of quality and flair since 1998. At what is now a memorable p...

  • Chateau Bianca

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

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Oregon on Snooth

  • So basically LP didn't like that wine.  "Muddy meh flavors" ... from Willamette Valley in Oregon is better.  These Pinot Noir grapes came from Napa Valley, but they won't say which winer Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Also looking good was this earlier circular from Chambers Street. Oregon this time. Keep scanning down the list, Cameron makes good juice at several levels.    Linus the dog, barrels aging in the cellar, and Tom Sivilli and John Paul bottling the 2016 Rosé. Linus the dog is a ruffian purple heeler (cross of a blue and red heeler), and the protog... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Good pinot noir in the $30...


  • This offer from Ian Cauble looks worth trying:  ATA RANGI, ... said repeatedly that Oregon’s Willamette Valley delivers the best value-for-dollar Pinots on the planet, and while I’m not ready to amend that just yet, Ata Rangi and a few other top producers have put Martinborough very much on my radar. Hinting at both Burgundy and Oregon while ma... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Good pinot noir in the $30...


  • Baer Winery Star 2013

    Snoothrank:

    Great red wine from Washington. Easy to drink with a lush finish. Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity


  • EM - I thought you already turned the corner on Pinot Noir, just needing to try a few Oregon Pinot's.I'm not sure I understand this comment, Al.  Let me try to give my general opinion on Pinot Noirs.  Keep in mind, though, this opinion is evolving and may change, tomorrow.I really think that store shelves are awash with mediocre-to-bad Pinot Noi... Read More

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


  • EM - I thought you already turned the corner on Pinot Noir, just needing to try a few Oregon Pinot's.  Am I mistaken?We enjoyed a nice dinner at Morton's Steakhouse in Georgetown (Washington DC) last night, prior to a chamber music performance (Leila Josefowicz in Recital) at The Kennedy Center.  I selected a 2001 Grand Reserva Rioja from their ... Read More

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


  • Firesteed Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2014

    Snoothrank:

    Light bodied with a little red fruit and lots of acidity. Pretty wine but not much enjoyment. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • RC, that looks quite tasty.  I had not heard of 'A to Z Wineworks' in Oregon.  Let me know how that tastes when you open it. Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Well, this Pinot is closer to $42 a bottle.  A most excellent example of ... ... of the Willamette Valley Oregon Pinot Noir however.  Highly recommended.  I opened this one for Sandra tonight after we watched the grand kids for three hours.  I had a small glass and loved i Read More

    Forum post in the topic Ever-Changing Value Wines -...


  • Domaine Ste Michelle Michelle Brut Rose NV

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    Cherry, strawberry and grapefruit aromas with a light brioche note. Tart and refreshing palate with a touch of mixed berry sweetness on the attack, a flash of molasses and a zesty and quite acidity driven red fruit palate towards the long cranberry finish. 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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