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

  • 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...

  • 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...

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

  • Cardwell Hill Cellars

    Along the southernmost slope of Cardwell Hill, the vineyard encompasses a total of 57 acres. Thi...

  • Bishop Creek Cellars

    We believe that the art of winemaking starts with quality fruit. Planted in 1988, our grapes come...

  • Wine by Joe

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

  • Chateau Bianca

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

  • A to Z Wineworks

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

  • Stone Wolf Vineyards

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

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Oregon on Snooth

  • VV, interested in the Goodfellow whites. Notice they have a few Chardonnays, ... ... have to try the Chard, Oregon Chard I have next to no experience wit Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Duckpond Pinot Noir

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    Great flavor. Very well balanced and not jammy at all. Excellent for the price point. Read More

    Wine review by sld1991


  • Stoller Vineyards Dundee Hills Pinot Noir 2015

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    Had at Dearborn in Chicago Read More

    Wine review by gmb468


  • Willamette Valley Vineyards Whole Cluster Fermented Pinot Noir 2015

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    Very friuty to the point of being sweet. It has balancing acidity and an almost tanninless finish. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Next up, some fab Rose' from the Oregon side of the Columbia Gorge.  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Happy Thanksgiving!


  • Ryan Patrick Naked Chard ' 2015

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    Soft tropical notes of mango, melon and banana with white peach and green apple. Unoaked yet still creamy on the palate, showcasing bright clean peach, tangerine and melon fruit, focused acidity leading to a tart, lively finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Quady North Syrah 4-2a 2007

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    A bit harsh, but drinkable. Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Weisinger's of Ashland Merlot Oregon Estate Bottled Heron Hill Vineyard 2003

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    No written review

    Wine review by DRothery


  • I like all kinds of oysters.  But you can also have them with Gruner ... ... a great dry Riesling from Oregon or Alsace and will chime in.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Oysters


  • For the price, the MacMurray is pretty good and varietally correct.  ... ... ... access to California and Oregon wines.  Lower priced Burgundy is from the poorer sections of the Cote d'Or or Mercurey/Chalonnais and much of it is pretty stringy stuff.  Basic Villages Burgs go for what better appellation (AVA) PNs like Scherrer's RRV or Patz and... 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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