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

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

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

  • Carabella Vineyard

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

  • Chateau Bianca

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

  • Territorial Vineyards

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

  • Waterbrook Winery

    Waterbrook Winery in the heart of Walla Walla, Washington is known for producing highly acclaimed...

  • Panther Creek Cellars

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

  • Ayoub

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

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Oregon on Snooth

  • Hedges Cellars Cabernet Merlot Syrah Cms Columbia Valley 2012

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    Wine review by calywa


  • BL - Our Viking River Cruise down the Rhone last year was a blast, and we tried ... ... as they are close to the Oregon Pinot Noir wines we also enjoy. We never visited El Toreo on Fair Oaks Ave in Pasadena, but we were both living in Southern California in the 70's and 80's.On a side note, I had lunch at Taco Bell this afternoon, after feeding... Read More

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


  • California Sauterne.  Wow.  Talk about a blast from the past.I do ... ... makers from Washington, Oregon and New York that, if you find them, might be worth your checking out.Good luck.  Keep us updated on your finding Read More

    Forum post in the topic Sauterne, Labeled in the sixties


  • Ryan Patrick Rose Columbia Valley 2015

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    Soft violet and rose petal aromas with notes of sweet cranberry and ripe cherry blossom on the nose. In the mouth this is delicate, soft and fleshy with fruit notes of cherry, watermelon and a tart citrus note towards the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • So, we were at Costco a few weeks ago and, surprise, stumbled into the wine ... ... when Peggy picked up an Oregon Riesling.  That is a bit unusual for her, but I also saw a German example.  We read what we could on the back labels and the shelf talkers.  The Oregon one was described as "dry" and the German one was described as "slightly swee... Read More

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


  •  I do not know how all this Oregon wine ended up in a warehouse in South London but I reckon somebody could get a bargain. There are also three lots from another US winery ,Carter Cellars which look like selling for a much bigger pricewww.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show108891www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/108892www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/s... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • The only Oregon wine I saw was quite a few lots of Torii Mor pinot noir.Torii Mor has its following for its wine, and for its winery visits, and also has interesting owners. They landscaped around the winery like their idea of Japanese gardens but what is closer to a shrine precinct. 'Torii' in Japanese is those large gates in front of Shinto sh... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Over on this side of the Great Pond the www.bidforwine.co.uk website is ... ... large parcel of US wine from Oregon. I personally know very little about US wines and as it has been divided up into lots of a case of 12  I doubt if I shall bid. There are also a good selection of white Burgundies in the sale and a few mixed lo Read More

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  • Bethel Heights Chardonnay Estate 2014

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    Wine review by anchca


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

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    The Christmas hampers are very exclusive by nature and are delivered with a reason which makes a lonely soul feel happy. The hampers are thus sent through various online companies who makes the procedure more easy and time consuming. During the time of Christmas people staying in Singapore demand for these items and ultimately people Send Chris... Read More

    Wine review by Gifts4singapore


  • 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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