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...

  • 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...

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

  • Alexana Winery

    Alexana Wines was born of Dr. Madaiah Revana’s love of the great wines of Burgundy. In the spring...

  • Evening Land Vineyards/ONCE Wines

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

  • Stone Wolf Vineyards

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

  • Viridian Wines

    ROLLING HILLS, FERTILE VALLEYS and lush stretches of green as far as the eye can see, describe th...

  • Silver Falls Vineyards

    ilver Falls Vineyards is a family owned and operated winery located in the mid-Willamette Valley ...

  • Coelho Winery

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

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Oregon on Snooth

  • We were pouring many wines last night at our farewell wine dinner for protest ... ... [61]) that came out from Oregon last week; they fly back tomorrow.  Our local friend Lynn also came over (she protested too) and they brought over a few bottles with them.  We opened the Spanish Monastrell that they picked up from Trader Joe's, but I would no... Read More

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  • Our protest friends came over last night for a lovely wine dinner.  Patti ... ... (one of two friends from Oregon) gave me a gift she had brought with her, a Trump faced dart board!  I swapped it out with my old dart board and now I'm ready for the next party!Oh, the government is still shut down.  I hope it stays that way for a while to make ... Read More

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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley Indian Wells 2009

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    Wine review by babyubu1


  • Elouan Pinot Noir Oregon 2016

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    This has no trace of pinot characteristics. Translucent bright purple, dark fruited with a little tannic bitterness on the finish. If I had drank this blind, I would of said modern Syrah. And being a fan of modern Syrah, I pretty much liked it. Ya never know. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Shared this with the family over the holidays. I'm typically not a huge fan ... his current project out of Oregon.This has no trace of pinot characteristics. Translucent bright purple, dark fruited with a little tannic bitterness on the finish. If I had drank this blind, I would of said modern Syrah. And being a fan of modern Syrah, I pretty mu... Read More

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


  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Sauvignon Blanc Horse Heaven Vineyard Columbia Valley 2016

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    Tropical fruits and lots of acidity with a pleasant finish. Becoming a go to in my household. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Very nice selection of Oregon Pinot Noir.  We've been to Penner-Ash, but we haven't bought any wines from them.   Read More

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  • A very tasty Pinot Noir from Oregon last night with pizza.  It was a frozen pizza too, as Sandra was too tired to cook dinner after watching the grand kids all day at our son's town home.  This Pinot is highly recommended.Oh, yesterday was Cat Tuesday too.  The kitties were very happy to see me. Read More

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  • Rain Dance Nicholas Vineyard Pinot Noir Chehalem Mountains 2015

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    Surprisingly dark and rich notes of savory earth, black cherry and oak. On the palate this is powerful and bold with black currant and black cherry fruit, concentrated and thick with licorice and a touch of herb, chewy tannins and a bold and oak spiced finish. Decidedly rich and decadent with good depth and heft. A winter red wine drinkers Pinot. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Hendricks Gin 2011

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    Wine review by 2166196BOYUAN 2166196 BOYUAN


  • 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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