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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Craig Donofrio

Craig Donofrio is an Advanced Sommelier in the Court of Master Sommeliers and has worked and consulted for some of the nation's top restaurants. He is chief food/wine photographer at Grapevine Studios (www.grapevinestudios.blogspot.com).

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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...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

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

  • Coelho Winery

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

  • Silvan Ridge Winery

    : Silvan Ridge-Hinman Vineyards was established in 1979 and is the oldest winery in Lane County....

  • Territorial Vineyards

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

  • Stone Wolf Vineyards

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

  • Phelps Creek Vineyards

    A small, artisan producer focused on Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Gewurztraminer grown within the C...

  • Dusty Cellars Winery

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

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Oregon on Snooth

  • Anybody whose "best ever" wine is Cakebread, gets my immediate ... ... from California, New York, Oregon or Washington, have a bit of detectable residual sugar that puts them in the semi-dry range.  However, you can find complety dry versions, also.  European versions, mostly from Germany and Alsace, can have any level of sugar.  Ask for guida... Read More

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  • Treveri Brut Blanc de Blanc

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    No written review

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  • I called Domaine Serene (Willamette Valley, Oregon) and canceled our wine club membership today.  They had sent the invoice for the spring shipment of six bottles, and just about 100 dollars was attributed to shipping / handling ($72) and tax ($25).  One hundred bucks to ship six bottles; the total bill was around $550.  The best I could do was ... Read More

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  • Well V V, that Oregon white looks very nice.  Sorry that Colombard was a bummer EM. Read More

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  • We tried one of the Bourgogne Pinot Noir's last night with a steak (for me) ... the Williamette Valley in Oregon.  Perhaps we'll hold onto the other bottle for a bit to see if there is any change.&nbs Read More

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  • An extemely enjoyable 2010 Eyrie Vineyard (Oregon) Melon de Bourgogne. This grape is widely grown in France, mainly in the Loire Valley where it is also known as Muscadet. In the glass it's an interesting light to medium gold expanding to a clear rim. On the nose is some ripe pear, a hint of lemon pith and a touch of apricot. Some fairly mouth w... Read More

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  • Reading all of the comments so far with this post is the main reason I ... ... forward by our Portland, Oregon Sommelier. His name is Robert Volz and he owns a place called "The Pour". His amount of energy and compassion is rewarding to say the leas Read More

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  • I am naturally a very curious person so I've taken it upon myself to learn ... ... tasting club in Portland Oregon. It is hosted by the owner of the establishment and he is a Sommelier. He has taken his test for Master Sommelier in London twice and did not make it. Most of the people who take the test do not pass due to it being very stringent... Read More

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  • Hogue Sauvignon Blanc 2013

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    For under $10 this is a perfectly acceptable mid-week refresher. Not overly grapefruity but more on the lemon, lemon drop side of sauv blanc. Simple but refreshing with a short finish but decent enough acidity without any funky after taste. Read More

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  • Funny, just saw a Pinot Gris in from Oregon earlier today and thought about this thread.Guess they're rounding up VV! 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

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  • 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

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  • 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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