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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Varietals Produced in Willamette Valley AVA View all

  • 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...

  • Muscat

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

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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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  • Knudsen Vineyards Dundee Hills Pinot Noir 2013


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    Wine review by MagsDJ

  • Knudsen Vineyards Dundee Hills Pinot Noir 2012


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    Wine review by MagsDJ

  • Stoller Pinot Noir Reserve 2011


    Very tasty Dundee Oregon pinot. Day 2 this is still vibrant with ripe red and black cherries, cranberry, pomegranate, nice but not over the top acidity, subtle tannins and a medium finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Left Coast Cellars Pinot Noir Cali's Cuvee 2013


    Quite hot on the nose, but with a lovely floral note of crushed violet and nice red fruit. The heat suggests this may be a bit young today, but the heady fruit is still quite exquisite and inviting in the glass. In the mouth it's full and rich, with ripe red bunches of raspberry, strawberry and dark cherry. The soft tannins concentrate on the fr... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Four Graces Pinot Noir Reserve Dundee Hills 2012


    Tasted 2013 at the winery. Beautiful, classic grounds with an all-star wine offering. This was the standout taste. Read More

    Wine review by jillpickle

  • Torii Mor Rosé Eola Amity Hills Pinot Noir 2014


    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

  • Remy Wines Sangiovese Kiona Vineyard 2012


    Nice enough sangiovese from Remy of McMinnville, Oregon. Fairly fruit forward and a bit tart on the tongue. Loads of bright red cherry, a hint of lime and mouth watering acidity. There isn't a lot of body here and the tannins are fairly light weight but this is a fun mid-week drinker, might be a bit on the pricey side. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Ponzi Vineyards Pinot Blanc 2014


    Floral aromas are touched by orange blossom, peach nectar, honey and a light tropical note as well. Silky and smooth in the mouth, with an excellent approach of peach and ripe apple and a creamy note on the long finish that is just tart enough to contrast against the creaminess. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Winter's Hill Dry Rose Pinot Noir Dundee Hills Oregon 2014


    Light, bright and cheery, this wine has inviting candied cherries and quince paste aromas. In the mouth it's full yet juicy and fresh, with maraschino cherry and strawberry flavors, a splash of tangerine and a touch of lemon acidity to brighten up the palate. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Argyle Willamette Valley Pinot Noir Grower Series 2013


    This is a light, patio-style PN from Argyle - a reputed Dundee OR producer. Not being a reserve wine, it does not have the bold delivery and extraction of other offerings, but has a wonderful wild strawberry nose and a creamy, smooth effect on the palate - like a mildly tannic strawberry water infusion. Finish is medium to short but somehow sa... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

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