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

  • 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

  • Cloudline Cellars

    Cloudline Cellars represents a first for Dreyfus, Ashby—our own wine. Given our love for Pino...

  • Alexana Winery

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

  • Cardwell Hill Cellars

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

  • Coelho Winery

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

  • Waterbrook Winery

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

  • 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

  • Mr.E - 36 attendees, 4 servers, 3 cooking = 42 total people here in my backyard ... dish - My double chocolate, Oregon dark cherry brownie w/french vanilla ice cream accompanied by port.  Made everyone's eyes role to the back of their heads - a bite of that and a sip of port - it's heaven. Doesn't need to be the 2007 Dow, just a good solid port... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines - Post Pictures...


  • Thanks for the input, I noticed various people really like the wines, including ... vineyard example. Probably Oregon too by a slimmer margin. &nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Dinner in Oakland, Saturday 7/23


  • Acrobat Pinot Noir 2014

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    A bit lighter style Pinot, but still a more earth, mineral, deep fruit style rather than a fruit forward one. Well-balanced and very enjoyable with a long finish of milk chocolate and plum. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Left Coast Cellars White Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2015

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    Fresh lemon and melon aromas on the nose with a mellow heat and a bit of spice coming through. This has a touch of bright sweet spice on entry with white peach and dried apricot notes, soft lemon with a bit of tart acidity and a juicy melon finish with a hint of papaya and cream. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Good to hear you're keeping up with Kelley's wines Al.Also a fine idea to head west again. If you can get in to Betz, they are a WA icon. Soos Creek and Maisom Bleue are also nice, more economical options. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Oregon Pinot - Kelley Fox Wines


  • We just ordered six of Kelly's wines, 2 each of the 2014 Maresh ... ... Washington (Walla Walla) and Oregon; first we will drive back down to see my sisters again in Corvallis (stopping for a few nights in McMinnville again, possibly staying at that Youngberg Hill bed & breakfast inn / winery).  I'm mentioning this because we will try to visit... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Oregon Pinot - Kelley Fox Wines


  • Saturday (16 July) started off with me trying to finish the assembly of a ... ... with dinner I decanted the Oregon wine to serve with grilled chicken and lamb chops.  It was nice to relax with friends and watch a few things on this amazing TV. &nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines - Post Pictures...


  • Last night I mentioned the "more than perfection" line to Clay ... ... played college football at Oregon (two bowl games, including the Rose Bowl) and he hated that hype.  He said it drove him crazy when coaches asked them for 110% effort.  What are you going to say when it's the coach? So here's a picture of Clay and me laughing over that and... Read More

    Forum post in the topic I'm More Than 100 Points With...


  • Dusted Valley Malbec Columbia Valley 2013

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    Dark plum and fig aromas with candied strawberry and black cherry notes. Full of earthy baking spice on the palate, this is focused and full bodied with medicinal cherry and blackberry notes coming through towards the finish that ends with a floral note of raspberry and cherry compote. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Northstar Columbia Valley Merlot 2012

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    Had this at lunch at Marcello's Chophouse the other day. Interesting - I asked the waitperson to pick something to go with the Lobster Bisque - it is dark and inky and opens like a herb/slate forward Pinot. There was a lightness there, that led me to believe it was the Pinot...Being as suggestable as I am, when I asked what the wine was, a Merlo... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • 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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