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 »

View More

Popular wines made in Willamette Valley AVA under $20

Find local availability for these wines:Submit

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...

  • 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...

Subregions of Willamette Valley AVA

Popular Wineries in Willamette Valley AVA View all

Page 1 of 87

Willamette Valley AVA on Snooth

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

    Snoothrank:

    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

    Snoothrank:

    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


  • Domaine Drouhin Edition Rose of Pinot Noir 2013

    Snoothrank:

    Really nice Rose of Pinot Noir from Domaine Drouhin. Crisp bright red cherry, a touch of melon, some not too ripe strawberry, a good hit of acidity and a medium finish. Last of all of our 2013 rose, good way to end the vintage. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Chehalem Ridgecrest Vineyards Ribbon Ridge Oregon Gruner Veltliner 2014

    Snoothrank:

    Cream Soda, peach, bright acid, fresh cut grass, citrus, hints of lemon grass and sage. Really well balanced. Favorite vintage yet Read More

    Wine review by 240070anchca 240070 anchca


  • Eyrie Vineyards Dundee Hills Pinot Gris 2012

    Snoothrank:

    Just a fantastic Willamette pinot gris! First hint is of apricot which is quickly followed by not so ripe peach. Nice acidity carries some lemon lime to the mid and back of the tongue. Fairly complex for a pinot gris, one of the all time QPR leaders. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Ponzi Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Reserve 2010

    Snoothrank:

    Nice but not great Willamette pinot. Plenty of vibrant acidity and loads of ripe red cherry and cranberry but it seems a bit flat, the body is light and the finish is short. Possible that this is in its dumb stage and needs another year or three to come back around. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Kudos Pinot Noir Yamhill-Carlton District Willamette Valley 2012

    Snoothrank:

    Nice, light to medium bodied Oregon pinot noir. Decent acidity, good black cherry, rhubarb, dark plum and dried prune overtones with a fairly long finish. Good but not great in that there aren't a lot of layers, just a straight forward dark fruit front end. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Stoller Vineyards Sv Estate Pinot Noir Stoller Family Estate 2009

    Snoothrank:

    A terrific Pinot Noir. A bit more body (a plus!) than most. Read More

    Wine review by Chrisbike7


  • Domaine Drouhin Arthur Chardonnay 2012

    Snoothrank:

    One of the best chardonnay's in the mid $30 ($35 at the winery) range we've had. Creamy lemon pith, a slight touch of oak, a bit of minerality, wonderful smooth tongue coating mouthfeel, decent amount of acidity and a medium to long finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Kramer Vineyards Pinot Noir Rose 2013

    Snoothrank:

    Very satisfying sparkler from one of Willamette's oldest wineries. Pink rose color with wild strawberry, tart cherry, decent acidity and a medium finish. This is not real dry but not sweet either, it walks a fine line between both, quite enjoyable. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


1 2 3 4 5  ...  87 next




View larger map



Best Wine Deals

See More Deals

Willamette Valley AVA Wine Top Lists


Recent Forum PostsView all


Willamette Valley AVA wine ratings and reviews





Snooth Media Network