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 & Professional Wine Judge. Completely charmed by Oregon's earthy, elegant Pinot Noirs.

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Varietals Produced in Oregon View all

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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

  • Wine by Joe

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

  • Alexana Winery

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


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

  • Silvan Ridge Winery

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

  • Silver Falls Vineyards

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

  • 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

  • Thanks JD. I just started venturing into CA & Oregon PN so this was a most excellent choice. From the label on the return address I guessing the SS was OT. Although my second guess would be DM since I beleive he has mentioned NZ PN in the past.This bottle is going into the long term storage cooler to reduce the temptation.   Read More

    Forum post in the topic Secret Santa 2015

  • Tamarack Cellars Firehouse Red 2009


    Wine Sellers of Saugatuck, 10/15. Consumed at Thanksgiving dinner 2015. Lovely blend of nine wines. Paired well with all the taste treats at our festive feast. All this for $10, the Saugatuck Wine Store was a real great find. Read More

    Wine review by raindance

  • Long Shadows Nine Hats Riesling 2013


    I don't want to rate it until I try it so how do I get there from here? Read More

    Wine review by barbioU

  • Okay, SIWBM bites the dust.  Bought a half case of Stonestreet's 2012 ... ... Dr. Bergstrom Riesling (Oregon, a total crap shoot at like $13), 2012 Fratelli Giacosa Roero Arneis at $10.  Second Arneis I've bought recently--I had a fantastic Arneis from Brovia while chatting with Clay Mauritson a few weeks ago, and wound up buying a bottle.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?

  • Ryan Patrick Ryan's Riesling 2013


    Classic riesling phenolics on the nose with pleasant aromatics of lemon and pineapple with floral notes as well. Cool ripe apple and tangerine flavors in the mouth, showing a nice touch of sweetness and tart spice flowing through as well, leaving a warming spice and touches of yeast and pleasant minerality on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Gothic Nevermore Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2012


    No written review

    Wine review by alm mtw

  • Gravel Bar Alluvial Red Blend 2013


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    Wine review by calywa

  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2013


    No written review

    Wine review by Krystle lee1

  • Big Table Farm Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2012


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    Wine review by alm mtw

  • Solena Estate Grand Cuvee Pinot Noir 2013


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    Wine review by alm mtw

  • 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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