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

  • 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

  • Chateau Bianca

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

  • 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...

  • Purple Hands Wine

    Purple Hands is owned and operated by Oregon winemaker and oenophile, Cody Wright. Cody grew up i...

  • Silver Falls Vineyards

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

  • Ayoub

    After a long and careful search to find the best site possible to plant Pinot Noir, Mohamad “Mo” ...

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Oregon on Snooth

  • Love the Hosemaster, have one pair of Oregon Pinot Riedel's that our daughter gave us for Christmas that we use on rare occasions. Can't believe Riedel would give a hoot about something a wine blogger posts, I would think their lawyers would have more important matters to attend to. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Riedel Sues the Hosemaster -...


  • Torii Mor Rosé Eola Amity Hills Pinot Noir 2014

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    Grapefruit and berries bloom through the nose. You'll be struck by the full mouth feel with softened edges and tinny undertones. Pert red and pink berries carry you to a deep, long, satisfying, finish. Think pink and orange Starburst candies, sans the artificial overtones. Pair with a summer Sunday brunch of eggs and fresh fruit with full-fat yo... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Strangeland Oregon Pinot Noir 2010

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    Not very impressed by this Pinot. Thin Read More

    Wine review by runningbear


  • Strangeland Vineyards & Winery Pinot Noir NV

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    Thin. Not a big fan of this Pinot Read More

    Wine review by runningbear


  • L Ecole #41 Columbia Valley Syrah 2010

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    The wine is a beautiful deep ruby color with bit of opacity. The nose is a pleasant combination of ripe berries, smoke and some lovely spice notes, just as you'd expect from a nice quality Syrah. The taste is so pleasant, with a blast of fresh black cherry, blackberry and raspberry up front that subsides into some nice flavors of mocha, dark c... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Ryan Patrick Vineyards Rock Island Red 2012

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    The wine is a lovely deep ruby color in the glass with nice clarity. The nose presents aromas of rich black fruit, blackberries, plum and black cherry with a bit of oak intermixed. The taste isn't nearly as fruit forward as the nose would suggest, with lovely flavors of dark cherry and cassis that give way to some notes of cocoa and baking spi... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Mark, thanks, it's been 35 years with the same company for me, looking at ... Had one from Russian River, Oregon, Burgundy and Paso.  The Latour was a bit out classed, the Elk Cove was my favorite but the Merry Edwards and the Adelaida were not far behind. The CA pinots were more dark fruit, ripe black cherry and plum whereas the OR was a bit ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • 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

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  • 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


  • 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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