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 »

Mentor for Oregon Wines

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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Wine by Joe

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

  • Girardet Wine Cellars & Vineyard

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

  • Coelho Winery

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

  • Purple Hands Wine

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

  • EIEIO

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

  • Carabella Vineyard

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

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Oregon on Snooth

  • This whole discussion about speed only relates to the inclement weather going through the cascades.  I moved to the right to let the idiots pass me, but sometimes trucks are taking the right two lanes going up the hill and I had to be in the left lane - going a safe speed I might add.  If I wasn't near or passing a truck, then I was over to the ... Read More

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  • Only when the tires are nice and warm and the road is dry, then RBA lets her rip!!!  Read More

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  • You always drive within the limit on your Harley, Al?  ;-) Read More

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  • I don't understand why people insist on exceeding the speed limit in inclement weather.  Your tires have less traction, your visibility is reduced and your wife is screaming, "Slow down!".  I tend to drive the speed limit in these situations.  That's why I'm still alive....  Read More

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  • Thank God Richard drove when we were in the Bay area a few years ago.   The forum might be short a few people had Greg been at the wheel!  ;) Read More

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  • "The drive through the Cascades yesterday was very stressful due to rain, fog and people that drive too fast."Hilarious. One thing I can't stand is people who decide that they're going to do a decent civilized forty miles an hour and everyone else in the world be damned because that's just fast enough for any human being.I thought it was a west ... Read More

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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle & Dr. Loosen Riesling Eroica 2013

    Snoothrank:

    Wonderful - had with a lemon lime cheesecake that was a remarkable pairing. With apple, lemongrass, citrus and stone fruit aromas and flavors this is lengthy, bright and with a touch of sugar - satisfying. Drink now - 91 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Waterbrook Reserve Merlot 2012

    Snoothrank:

    Blackberries, chocolate, spice, anise on the nose follow well to the palate. Mellowed tannins and acidity lead to a well heeled aftertaste. Drink now - 89 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Good report, Al.Here is my most pressing question. How would you compare and contrast Northwest oysters with East Coast oysters? Read More

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  • EM - Sandra's oyster assessment:  The west coast oysters are more delicate, have a cucumber taste and the further north you get them from the better they are.  The east coast oysters are brinier, generally less delicate (larger) and again the further north you go (PEI) the better they are.DM - I'm certainly not going to address each and every ph... 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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