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 »

Varietals Produced in Willamette Valley AVA View all

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Tempranillo

    History of the grape: Origins of Tempranillo are murky. It could be indigenous to the Spanish countryside, or it coul...

  • 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...

Subregions of Willamette Valley AVA

Popular Wineries in Willamette Valley AVA View all

  • de Ponte Cellars

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

  • Vista Hills Vineyard & Winery

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

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Willamette Valley AVA on Snooth

  • Vista Hills Pinot Gris Treehouse 2012


    Sweet, nutty and candied on the nose witha fascnatinglycomplex array of fruit, berry, apple, lime, floral, savory/spicy and candied aromas. Sweet on entry and obviously so but in the mouth the acids here do a fine job of balancing the sweetness and while the explosion of aromas on the nose doesn't quite come across on the palate this does offer ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Cristom Viognier Eola Amity Hills Estate 2011


    This Willamette Viognier was wonderfully crisp, with layered lemon chiffon, lemon/lime tart and fine acidity. This is just a great summer time quaff. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Stoller Chardonnay Reserve Dundee Hills 2012


    Ripe on the nose with almost honey tinged apple fruit, polleny floral notes, plenty of wood but not excessively toasty or spicy. This is very ripe, round. and fairly rich in the mouth with lovely acidity contributing brightness. There's fine textural essence on the midpalate here, firm with fine cut, then great length with perhaps a bit of heat ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Winderlea Chardonnay 2007


    Lovely waxy coconut tinged aromas greet the nose, along with hints of creamy green fruit, and a nice touch of floral perfume. Fairly oaky with hints of caramel on entry with good weight, fresh and transparent in style, if bit simple. theres a little toasty oak on the finish, along with more orangy acids as this wraps up in a simple, elegant fin... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Sineann Pinot Noir Oregon 2010


    Gift from Peter Read More

    Wine review by Naldonian

  • Erath la Nuit Magique Pinot Noir 2009


    This light and fruity Pinot noir is easy to drink and perfect for fish, chicken, pork or veggies. It's a great value for the quality. This wine proves Oregon is a great Pinot Noir producing state! Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity

  • The Eyrie Vineyards Pinot Blanc Dundee Hills Oregon 2011


    Soil driven on the nose with a minty herbal edge to the unripe honeydew, fennel, and dried citrus peel aromas. tense and taut on entry with terrific acidity unfurling on the palate along with layered flavors of dusty earth, unripe pear and green apple flavors. This has a touch of tannin to it adding another layer of textural interest in the mout... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Iota Pinot Noir 2011


    An aroma bursting with strawberry and cherry. Light earth on the mid palate. Long lasting finish. Read More

    Wine review by Mr Dolce

  • Brick House Clos Ladybug Rose of Pinot Noir Ribbon Ridge Biodynamic 2013


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  • Brick House Pinot Noir Cuvee du Tonnelier 2012


    No written review

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