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

  • 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

  • Stone Wolf Vineyards

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

  • Milbrandt Vineyards

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

  • Bishop Creek Cellars

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

  • Viridian Wines

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

  • Silvan Ridge Winery

    : Silvan Ridge-Hinman Vineyards was established in 1979 and is the oldest winery in Lane County....

  • Evening Land Vineyards/ONCE Wines

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

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Oregon on Snooth

  • Domaine Ste. Michelle Brut NV

    Snoothrank:

    Pear, green apple, peach and ripe melon aromas with a slight creamy brioche note. Very fresh and quite creamy on the palate with fine bubbles and a prickly texture opening for fresh citrus notes of lime and grapefruit. Finishes with a refreshing acidity and good length. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • "with regard to Pinot Noir, I still prefer the ones from Oregon"You need to drink a lot more Burgundy, and of the others I mentioned, too.  ;-)   Oregon's getting there but still on the road, not yet fully arrived IMHO, even if I enjoy many of theirs. Was writing on these boards about Soter and Drouhin, for example, last decade. I certainly comm... Read More

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


  • We're still drinking wine, but we've been busy, getting out to shows, ... I still prefer the ones from Oregon - although the Duckhorn Goldeneye Pinot Noir bottles always seem to come out on top when we do side by side comparisons.  Go figur Read More

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


  • Yamhill Valley Vineyards Pinot Gris 2015

    Snoothrank:

    Light, fruity aromas of peach and green apple with an oat straw note adding a bit of creaminess. White peach, tart apple and pear on the palate, a zesty mid palate and a cool breezy finish, this is fruit forward, flavorful and refreshing. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Just checked Cellar Tracker of my 117 bottles 47% come from Washington or Oregon,only 8% from California,28% from Italy and 10% from France. I have found that the best QPR is Washington or Oregon. The only exception I make is Chardonnay which in my opinion only France is worth the price  Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Spent two weeks last year in Oregon and Washington tasting wines,have come to the conclusion that 85% of the wines that I buy,will be from either Oregon or Washington this does not include Italian wines which is my favorite. The wines I get from Washington or Syrahs,Cabs and bourdeaux blends..I also like Long Shadows have several of the Chester ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Thanks Stephen, even Oregon has a ways to go on these issues of selection and vine age.I was out dining last night at an Italian restaurant, and in the mood to try a good Pinot Nero, but the producers were not so hot, was more of a house wine.  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Aussie Pinot Noirs


  • Jack, we love the Washington red blends from the Columbia Valley.  We ... ... March trip to Washington and Oregon; ended up joining Long Shadows winery in Walla Walla.Today I picked up our May allocation from Medlock Ames.  Some nice reds here, along with Chardonna Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Hi SSS, and welcome!AL, Oregon wines are so good in general, unfortenatelly it's not easy to find one in CA =/  Darren, where did you get that bottle? Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hi Snooth & Fellow wine lovers


  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot Indian Wells Columbia Valley 2013

    Snoothrank:

    Well done wine. Blackberry, dark cherry notes are front and center leading to additional mocha, spice and a medium tannic with balanced acidity finish. 90 points - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • 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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