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 & owner of TheRealWineJulia.com; as well as, the Oregon Correspondent for Snooth - bringing the wines of Oregon to life through words & wisdom. The luscious & elegant Oregon Pinot Noir captured my heart a long time ago.

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Varietals Produced in Oregon View all

  • 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...

  • 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...

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  • A to Z Wineworks

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

  • Girardet Wine Cellars & Vineyard

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

  • Carabella Vineyard

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

  • Sockeye Winery

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

  • Purple Hands Wine

    Purple Hands is owned and operated by Oregon winemaker and oenophile, Cody Wright. Cody grew up i...

  • Stangeland Vineyards and Winery

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

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Oregon on Snooth

  • Elk Cove Pinot Gris 2013

    Snoothrank:

    This is a really tasty Pinot Gris from Willamette. Similar to a high end Napa Sauv Blanc with soft lemon pith, ripe green apple, a touch of white grapefruit, nice mouth feel, really nice acidity, and a fairly long finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Amity Vineyards Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Oregon Select 2011

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    Hated Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Revelry Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

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    Nice cabernet. Fairly strong though. Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • It's salty and fatty, and with whiz one would expect. Something with a bit ... ... beefy flavor. I think an Oregon Pinot Gris might work well here or something from Alsace. There real answer of course is Lambrusco, and drinking foaming pink wine out of plastic cups seems eminently appropriat Read More

    Forum post in the topic Pairing Suggestion for...


  • Ah, another beautiful weekend out here in Virginia.  Last night Sandra and ... Pink Martini (from Portland, Oregon) and the National Symphony Orchestra.  We really enjoyed the music and dinner table conversatio Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Erath Pinot Gris 2013

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    Golden color. Banana and lemon zest on nose. A little weight and some spice on palate. Soft and fruity, but not big. Could age well. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Yesterday I was recovering from Monday night.  You see, Sandra & I ... ... becoming known as one of Oregon's finest winemakers. His Pinot Noirs are outstanding but his whites and rosé are great too!Ed Fus, Angel Vine Ed and his wife loved Pinot Noir and Zinfandel, and somehow have managed to make both at their Oregon winery! Very small product... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Underwood Oregon Pn 2012

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    raspberry and cherry with acid, low alcohol Read More

    Wine review by kimberlyaurora


  • Kings Ridge Riesling 2009

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    Slightly sweet with a bit of "grapey" flavor. Kind of flat and could use a bit more acidity. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Well, another weekend has begun.  After dragging myself out of bed around ... of the Willamette Valley in Oregon.  This is basically McMinnville, Oregon.  I think you folks might agree this is a most excellent place for Pinot Noir!  Please note that our bottle was signed by one of the two wine makers; yes, that makes it taste even bette Read More

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  • 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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