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

  • 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

  • Dusty Cellars Winery

    Small family owned and operated winery on Camano Island, WA. Committed to quality hand crafted wi...

  • Chateau Bianca

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

  • Purple Hands Wine

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

  • A to Z Wineworks

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

  • Panther Creek Cellars

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

  • Waterbrook Winery

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

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Oregon on Snooth

  • Sinnean "Unoaked" Chardonnay 2006

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    Fairly pedestrian as far as "unoaked" chardonnays go. There are several better. One thing I've learned about this style - they need to be well chilled. 48-52 deg F. Really light hay colored in the glass. Apples, melon and pear on the nose. The more moderate notes of pear and melon follow thru. Short aftertaste. Better young - say within 18-24 mo... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Gran Moraine Pinot Noir Yamhill-Carlton 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by tjjm


  • Surprised nobody's mentioned him so far so I'll throw Gravner into the ... ... project in Chehalem, Oregon. Andrew Beckham was a high school ceramics teacher who developed some cool 75 gallon clay amphorae that he was thinking about selling at $2500~$3500 a throw:But once he got them pretty much perfected, and even though he had orders from w... Read More

    Forum post in the topic White Burgundy Question


  • Oregon IS a foreign country, isn't it? Shakespeare resides in Ashland. Anyhow, I already have too many Domestic producers who I cannot afford to purchase from regularly so fitting in other countries is not in my budget. Now if I left on the East Coast that would be a whole nother story. Just not a good selection of imports in these parts and for... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Adelshiem Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2012

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    1st of the last flight (above $20). This why they rave about the 2012 vintage in Oregon. This is mass produced and still drinks like a small production cuvee. Willamette Valley minerality provides the foundation for the taut cherry and blueberry notes. There's a cacoa bitter chocolate note with medium tannins and acidity. This all builds to leng... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Adelshiem Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2012

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    Wine review by khovey


  • Adelshiem Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2012

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    Wine review by khovey


  • Adelshiem Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2012

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  • Adelshiem Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2012

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  • Seven Hills Merlot 2011

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    THEE wine of the night!!! WOW this was stellar. Sitting for 3 years has really done it's job - it's married up to a huge wine - can you can say red meat? Pizza? BBQ? Smoked...grilled? Seasoned chicken off the grill. Large blackberry, plum profile. Add chocolate, wood, herbal notes, pepper and spice, dark currant will grainy chewy tannins and las... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • 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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