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

  • Evening Land Vineyards/ONCE Wines

    Once a year our winemaker collaborates with America's best sommeliers to blend the exclusive wi...

  • Viridian Wines

    ROLLING HILLS, FERTILE VALLEYS and lush stretches of green as far as the eye can see, describe th...

  • Milbrandt Vineyards

    Farming is in our blood. Our parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles all made their living workin...

  • Sockeye Winery

    In 2003, Andrew Browne launched Precept Wine Brands. He re-joined his partner Dan Baty from Corus...

  • Panther Creek Cellars

    Panther Creek wines are Oregon's most beautifully packaged and also the most concentrated and age...

  • 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

  • The Virginia wine industry has made great strides towards better wines in the ... ...  In California and Oregon, there are so many excellent wines that you need a calculator to count them al Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Penner-Ash Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2013

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    dark garnet red, yet clear. nose of cherry and plums. complex palate of chocolate and spices Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Seven Hills Winery Dry Rose 2015

    Snoothrank:

    2015 is much more explosive and feisty vs the '14 or '13. still a Cote's to contend with. Read More

    Wine review by William Djubin


  • We belong to Domaine Drouhine (their USA winery in Oregon) and we sure did enjoy the tasting / tour earlier this year in our March visit.  I wonder how similar their wines are from Burgundy - pretty close I imagine. Read More

    Forum post in the topic It seems I am off to France


  • "So not much of a Burgundy/ Swiss connection Dave?"On one level ... ... of that attitude whereby an Oregon restaurant doesn't list Sonoma PN on their menus, though the relative strength of Oregon vs. CA on PNs is better than that between Switzerland and Burgundy. Burgundy is *the* PN juggernaut and Switzerland is a relative outlier that almost... Read More

    Forum post in the topic It seems I am off to France


  • Roco Gravel Road Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2014

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    Tight savory notes of cranberry and soft cherry on the nose with hints of dark spice. This continues to be restrained and tart in the mouth with more cranberry and earthy cherry notes with sticky resinous streaks and a light creamy spice on the lengthy finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Anne Amie Vineyards Winemaker's Selection Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2014

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    Intriguing, lightly savory aromas of mineral earth frame the bright sweet fruit aromas of Bing cherries, strawberry and crushed flower petals. Cool blue fruit and zesty spice on the palate, this is smooth and true to form with buoyant cherry and mixed berry notes, tart acidity with red currant up front and a streak of raspberry preserves on the ... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Erath Willakia Vineyard Pinot Noir Eola-Amity Hills 2014

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    Darkly rich aromas of spiced cherry, red currant and blueberry with good minerality. This is restrained but elegant in the mouth, demonstrating a range of fruit - black cherry, mixed berry and bramble fruit with earthy notes of licorice bark, soft minerality and a candied chocolate cherry note towards the finish that ties up the palate nicely. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • A To Z Wineworks Pinot Noir Oregon 2014

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    Tart cherry and strawberry aromas with floral notes of violet and chalky earth. Full and fresh in the mouth with lively spice and rich cherry notes, bold acidity and earthy medicinal notes with some licorice, minerality and more spice on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Montinore Estate Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2014

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    Cedar, strawberry and cherry aromas with wood shavings and soft floral spice. Nicely tart and fresh on the palate, excellent tannic structure and fruit notes of cranberry, strawberry and cherry alongside light spice and an approachable finish with the tannins and tart fruit lingering for a bit. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • 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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