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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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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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

  • Cardwell Hill Cellars

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

  • A to Z Wineworks

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

  • Territorial Vineyards

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

  • Bishop Creek Cellars

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

  • Phelps Creek Vineyards

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

  • Silver Falls Vineyards

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

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Oregon on Snooth

  • Vino, I remember hearing about Remy on Snooth and being intrigued by it. If I ... do Italian varitities using Oregon and Washington grape Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Sandra celebrated her '100 days until retirement' last night in style. ... sampling a Chardonnay and an Oregon white blend (34% Gewurztraminer, 27% Riesling, 26% Pinot Gris, 10% Pinot Blanc and 3% Muscat) called Jezebel.  Feeling no pain at this point, we still had about 60 minutes until the movie started so we stopped in at a wine shop (Swirl... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • RBA, on our last trip to Paso we found a lot more GSM/Rhone blends. Previously ... weeks ago while we were in Oregon visiting our son.Very floral nose with some more on the palate along with dried apricot, orange marmalade and just a hint of clove. The acidity is nice but not mouth puckering and the finish is fairly long, similar to a dessert win Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Torii Mor Riesling Willamette Valley 2014

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    Intriguing nose is light with floral aromas of ripe apple and spice framed with dried honey. Quite dry in the mouth, and as dry and pleasantly tart as it is it's almost a surprising entry for the Riesling grape. Look out for lemon and citrus here, clean and fresh on the palate with a bit of varietal character lurking around the edges. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Remy Wines Sangiovese Kiona Vineyard 2012

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    Nice enough sangiovese from Remy of McMinnville, Oregon. Fairly fruit forward and a bit tart on the tongue. Loads of bright red cherry, a hint of lime and mouth watering acidity. There isn't a lot of body here and the tannins are fairly light weight but this is a fun mid-week drinker, might be a bit on the pricey side. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Erath Vineyard Pinot Noir Oregon 2013

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    Nice mix of old world and new. A touch of fruit with good acidity and light tannins. Would serve to guests. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Columbia Crest Merlot Columbia Valley Grand Estates 2012

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    $7 at Nugget Market in Woodland, CA this week. Strong nose, tones of almost vanilla extract. Deep, bold, cherry-juice and vanilla flavors. Very buttery and smooth mouthfeel followed by a bright finish, very low acid. I actually found this too intense to drink with dinner - it's almost more of a dessert wine for me. Great for drinking on its own ... Read More

    Wine review by laebrown


  • Ponzi Vineyards Pinot Blanc 2014

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    Floral aromas are touched by orange blossom, peach nectar, honey and a light tropical note as well. Silky and smooth in the mouth, with an excellent approach of peach and ripe apple and a creamy note on the long finish that is just tart enough to contrast against the creaminess. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • JD, have to say that the '04 Medici pinot was pretty stellar, next up would ... (in that order). The 2012 Oregon vintage has been raved about in all the publications and what we tasted was fantastic. The 2011 Stoller pinot was more subtle, less fruit forward and more lean, with a finer cut of acid. Our tasting host described it as being more "e... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wineries to visit in Newberg, OR


  • RBA, that Liquid Farm is not cheap but IMHO is definitely worth a taste (or ... we just got back from our Oregon trip very late the night before and it still kind of felt like the end of a weekend. Not sure if there are any wine shops in VA that carry the LF but you can always click on your link above and hit 'add to cart'   ; )Mark, interesti... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • 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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