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

  • Bishop Creek Cellars

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

  • Coelho Winery

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

  • 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...

  • 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 wine challenge went off with a couple of hitches in the get along. ... my ... my double chocolate fudge/Oregon sweet dark cherry brownies and plenty of other stuff to much and top items with - one was my chipotle aioli that I make - it double as dip and a filling for deviled eggs.My wife, Charlene and good Rick with Kasey as things were ju... Read More

    Forum post in the topic 10th Annual 2017 Northwoods...


  • DM, I completely agree that this report was "dumbed down." ... which, I think, is in Oregon.  I'd never heard of it--no big surprise, there.I looked for this article on-line, but drew a blank.  My guess is that Sunset will put it in their archive in a month or so Read More

    Forum post in the topic Cost of a Bottle of Wine


  • The Sunset magazine that arrived today had a (very) short article on some ... ... it looks like they are in Oregon.20.6% -- Price of the fruit. 7.8% -- Labor--winery staff. 16.1% -- Fermentation and aging--the winery, itself, plus barrels and other equipment. 10.5% -- Packaging--bottles, corks, labels, boxes. . . . 45% -- Profit.It is only one... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Cost of a Bottle of Wine


  • Trium Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • V V - I would try that Louis Roederer brut rose.  Congratulations on ... ... trips to that area and the Oregon wine experience. Both are image heavy so I recommend a wireless rather than cell connection if you are on a phon Read More

    Forum post in the topic And now for something...


  • Nice lineup Stephen.  I would have enjoyed that tasting experience.As for ... for Pinot Noir, I think the Oregon and California vineyards reflect quite a different taste.  Sure, you still know they are Pinot Noir, but I sure prefer the Oregon (as in Burgundy) blending styl Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine Tasting with my Team


  • We are getting our daughter's bedroom painted today and tomorrow, now that ... ... a winery we joined in Oregon this year during our March 2017 trip to Washington and Oregon.  Now I can tell you, this is a nice Chardonna Read More

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


  • Rascal Pinot Noir 2015

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    Running a bit hot, but just a bit. Nice pinot. Typical of the varietal. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Seven Hills Columbia Valley Merlot 2011

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    Nothing shy about this - it grabs you right from the start with it's rich lush fruit - blackberry, plum, damp forest floor, tomato leaf. medium tannins and good acidity, this rings out enjoyment - still another year of prime drinking - 92 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Seven Hills Columbia Valley Merlot 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by Lemont


  • 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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