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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Alexana Winery

    Alexana Wines was born of Dr. Madaiah Revana’s love of the great wines of Burgundy. In the spring...

  • Evening Land Vineyards/ONCE Wines

    Once a year our winemaker collaborates with America's best sommeliers to blend the exclusive wi...

  • Stone Wolf Vineyards

    Stone Wolf has been producing wines of quality and flair since 1998. At what is now a memorable p...

  • Viridian Wines

    ROLLING HILLS, FERTILE VALLEYS and lush stretches of green as far as the eye can see, describe th...

  • Silver Falls Vineyards

    ilver Falls Vineyards is a family owned and operated winery located in the mid-Willamette Valley ...

  • 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

  • Vancouver Washington?  It's a hole.  Portland, across the river, ... is a destination.  Oregon is where you'll findthe pinot, if that's what you're looking for.Now, if you're thinking of Washington wineries, again, Vancouver isn't your destination.  But heck, you can go there if there's something drawing you.There's only one Vancouver worth go... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Vancouver, WA


  • Maryhill Winery Proprietor's Reserve Tavola Rosso Columbia Valley 2011

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    Sweet molasses and maple syrup aromas with ripe cherry and strawberry fruit on the nose. Dry and sticky in the mouth, this carries an herbal backbone throughout with tarry minerality, loamy earth and good structure. Fruit flavors are darker than the palate and carrying blackberry and black cherry along with a dark chocolate and roasted espresso ... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Dancin Vineyards Tribute Red Blend Southern Oregon 2013

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    Floral, earthy and dusty aromas with dark, brooding fruit notes of blackberry and black cherry and restrained spice. This is surprisingly juicy and zippy on entry, but finds its character towards the mid palate with more dusty, earthy fruit notes of black cherry, birch bark and a toasty oaken finish that's drying and has good length, with just a... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Day Wines Running Bare Mae's Vineyard Applegate Valley 2014

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    Floral cherry and licorice aromas. Delicate and flavorful on the palate with notes of cranberry, cherry and strawberry, chunky tannins coming through on the mid palate and a finish of medicine and a touch of cream. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • We moved to Napa in 2014 and have been slowly but purposefully visiting and ... ... as well and just added Oregon to our list (one of our kids is at the Univ of Oregon in Eugene) and have made several lasting friendships with winemakers in Willamette Valley.  Recent trips have been to Rogue Valley to check out that growing region.We also hit ... Read More

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  • Helix Sangiovese Stillwater Creek Vineyard Columbia Valley 2011

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    Toasted smoke aromas of dried earth and dried cranberries. This is fresher on the palate with red fruit flavors of cranberry, strawberry and red current and dark smoky earth that finishes the wine with a chewy tannic bite. Definitely a refreshing wine. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Lemelson Vineyards Pinot Noir Thea's Selection 2014

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    Give it 3 hours to breathe Read More

    Wine review by Winosaur


  • Underwood Cellars Pinot Noir Wine In a Can 2015

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    Strawberry and raspberry on the nose. Light bodied with raspberry on entry, ... ... entry level pinots from Oregon. Think I'll keep a can or two aroun Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Sauvignon Blanc Horse Heaven Vineyard Columbia Valley 2015

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    Well balanced fruit and acid. Have a cold and taste buds are off a bit but this sure hit the spot. Will try another bottle later. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • I think we need to visit Stags Leap the next time we get down to Napa Valley. ... Washington (Walla Walla) and Oregon (Willamette Valley).  It might be a few years before we return to the San Francisco area, but we do love it there.Today I was much better.  We started out by heading into the district to attend an Opera at The Kennedy Center, b... 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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