Willamette Valley AVA Wine

 

The Willlamette Valley region in Oregon has a wine-making history that dates back to the 1850s. Early immigrant settlers began dabbling in wine-making, and their enterprises eventually won some local acclaim and attracted other vintners to follow suit, with a fair amount of success into the 20th century.
 
However, the Prohibition forced most wineries to shut down and pursue other business. In the era following Repeal, wine production was mostly from “Farmer’s Wineries,” who were government-licensed to produce fruit-based (berries, Concord grapes, etc.) wines. Though others attempted wines from Vitis vinifera grapes, they did so with little success.
 
But in the 1960s, a group of California oenologists from University of California at Davis became interested in Oregon as a potential up and coming region. They were particularly intrigued by the Willamette Valley for its climate and terroir, even though temperature studies at UC Davis found the region too cool Read more »

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Popular wines made in Willamette Valley AVA under $20

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Varietals Produced in Willamette Valley AVA View all

  • Muscat

    History of the grape: Muscat existed as far back as the Ancient Greeks. It spread throughout the world as empires gre...

  • 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...

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Popular Wineries in Willamette Valley AVA View all

  • Vista Hills Vineyard & Winery

    As the sun stirs awake behind a snow-capped Mt. Hood, John and Nancy McClintock stare at their fo...

  • de Ponte Cellars

    De Ponte Cellars is the site of one of the oldest vineyards in the Willamette Valley. This sceni...

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Willamette Valley AVA on Snooth

  • Knudsen Vineyards Pinot Noir Dundee Hills 2015

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    Tart sour cherry and floral wildberry aromas with hints of dusky cranberry and fresh spice. The palate is a full bowl of cherries, round and generous with sweet spice and creamy vanilla notes through the mid palate, finishing with a clean light red currant and cranberry note and gentle tannins, zesty spice and a touch of candied herb. Very pleas... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Left Coast Cellars Pinot Noir Cali's Cuvee 2015

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    Fruity with balancing acid and light tannins. Easy drinker that everyone can enjoy. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Kramer Vineyards Pinot Gris Estate 2015

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    Double Gold Winner, Cannon Beach, March 2017 Read More

    Wine review by trudykramerwine


  • King Estate Hyland Vineyard Pinot Noir Mcminnville 2014

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    Strawberry and cherry, heavy and aromatic on the nose with potpourri, lively wild berry notes and a hint of licorice. On the palate this is tart and crisp with bold acidity and earthen fruit notes of cherry and raspberry, a bit of warmth coming in on the mid palate with some spice and notes of leather, clay and smoke, wrapped in more red fruit. ... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Stoller Family Estate Pinot Noir Dundee Hills 2016

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    Raspberry, blueberry and cherry aromas are open and expressive here with notes of spice adding to the nose. Generous, juicy and refreshing on the palate with notes of cherry, spiced cola and mixed wild berry jam, medium plus acidity and hints of cocoa and a pleasant zestiness towards the finish - turning a touch cool and herbal right at the fini... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Winter's Hill Estate Watershed Pinot Noir Dundee Hills 2015

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    Clear, impressively fruited nose redolent of cherries, raspberries and cream with vanilla notes and a touch of smoke. In the mouth this is herbal and earthy, with thick streaks of tarry toast and smoke layered with blueberry, cherry and raspberry fruit, a tart focused palate towards the finish with cherry cola and chocolate.89 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Winter's Hill Estate Watershed Pinot Gris Dundee Hills 2015

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    Light green apple and lemon aromas, notes of white blossom and even a bit of tangerine. In the mouth, this is cool and crisp on entry, with green apple and young pear notes and a zesty acidity adding a bit of bite to the mid palate where a creamy, green, golden berry note emerges and glides through to the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Stoller Vineyards Dundee Hills Pinot Noir 2015

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    Red fruited that edges into a dark cherry mid palate. Plenty of acididty to balance with a touch of oak to pretty it up. Really nice food wine. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • The Four Graces Pinot Noir Dundee Hills Reserve 2008

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    Excellent Pinot for the price Read More

    Wine review by Willard Cook


  • Patricia Green Cellars Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir Ribbon Ridge 2014

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    Light on the nose and medium light weight. Sour cherries and light tannin with an extended finish. Very easy to drink and great with food. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


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