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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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...

  • 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...

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

  • EIEIO

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

  • A to Z Wineworks

    A to Z Wineworks was started in 2002 by four friends, Oregon wine industry veterans, Deb Hatch...

  • Wine by Joe

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

  • Cardwell Hill Cellars

    Along the southernmost slope of Cardwell Hill, the vineyard encompasses a total of 57 acres. Thi...

  • Bishop Creek Cellars

    We believe that the art of winemaking starts with quality fruit. Planted in 1988, our grapes come...

  • Panther Creek Cellars

    Panther Creek wines are Oregon's most beautifully packaged and also the most concentrated and age...

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Oregon on Snooth

  • Patricia Green Cellars Pinot Noir Berserkers' Cuvee 2013

    Snoothrank:

    Extremely nice Chehalem pinot. Still very young with loads of bright red cherry, rhubarb, a touch of cola and some spiceness (not sure exactly what kind). There is a nice hit of acidity, the tannins are just a bit coarse but should round out nicely with some age. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Ah, this was a most excellent day, even though it just started raining here in ... one from Chile and one from Oregon.  We've only tried one so far (the one from Chile) and it's quite nice.  This is a blind tasting for Sandra to see what she likes. &nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • I just returned from the Willamette Valley earlier this week! While it is a 30 ... I've ever tasted out of Oregon. The drive from Newberg is quite scenic. You'll really get up into the hills. Vista Hills is another terrific choice for both its Pinot and its views. You can actually go horseback riding through the vineyards here, if that's somet... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wineries to visit in Newberg, OR


  • Milbrandt Vineyards Rose Traditions 2014

    Snoothrank:

    Nice spice of white pepper on the nose with some herbal notes and some fruit showing through mainly strawberry with some floral notes of rose petal. In the mouth there's a burst of acidity and fruit on entry that mimics a sweetness and some citrus notes throughout are muted and well balanced with the strawberry and watermelon fruit. This is easy... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Never heard of that producer D, will have to check to see if it's available ... since I've opened some Oregon Pinot, breaking the streak here is a bottle of 2011 Cristom Marjorie. Very aromatic, stem inclusion pretty obvious, elegant on the palate, fresh red fruit, some liquer, maybe a touch of heat on the finish, but otherwise this is pretty g... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Winter's Hill Dry Rose Pinot Noir Dundee Hills Oregon 2014

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    Light, bright and cheery, this wine has inviting candied cherries and quince paste aromas. In the mouth it's full yet juicy and fresh, with maraschino cherry and strawberry flavors, a splash of tangerine and a touch of lemon acidity to brighten up the palate. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Waterbrook Rose of Sangiovese 2013

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    Edgy and rough on the nose with touches of watermelon and a bit of citric acid. Light bodied in the mouth with more melon and citrus, quite round but focussed towards the front of the mouth with less acidity than perhaps would be welcome in this wine. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Browne Family Vineyards Tribute Red Blend 2012

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    Had this at lunch at Marcello's. Nice little number with plenty of complexity from the Blend. Soft and round with the spice and dark berry flavors of the Malbec and Cabernet and cocoa and dark chocolate. Long finish that turns surprisingly a bit too dry. Nevertheless pretty darn good. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Milbrandt Traditions Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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    Bright red fruit on the nose, mostly raspberry and cherry but a touch of plum and a hint of vanilla. A little thin in the mouth, with more acidity than structure and a fair bit of red fruit driving. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Abacela Albarino 2014

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    Mineral, flinty notes of citrus and peach on the nose with a hint of green apple as well. Good fresh acidity and a zesty character in the mouth, with notes of green apple, tangerine, lemon and peach, finishing long with an extra mineral finish. Excellent wine to bring to the raw bar. 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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