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

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

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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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  • Jigsaw Pinot Noir Oregon 2011


    No written review

    Wine review by nmchio

  • Stoller Pinot Noir Dundee Hills 2002


    Nose starts with petroleum, tar, and alcohol predominating, with hints of freshly cut grass and licorice on subsequent sniffs. Palate begins hot with alcohol. Acidic and bitter throughout. Tart raisins, licorice. Tamed somewhat with food like pepper-smoked salmon or strong cheese. On the other hand, chocolate or fruits reinforce the bittern... Read More

    Wine review by Wine Fire

  • Daedalus Cellars Riesling Dundee Hills Maresh Vineyard 2007


    A complex nose, somewhat herbal and organic smelling with a touch of cinnamon accenting the waxy yellow fruits. Lean and fresh in the mouth with mineral water top notes over a woodsy, earthy core of pithy orange and grapefruit flavors. Different yet appealing. 88pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Argyle Riesling 2008


    Quincy on the nose and slightly vegetal like aloe with an astringent, almost rubbery edge. Broad yet shallow in the mouth with good acid/sugar balance but this is a bit dull and heavy without much detail and finishing a bit heavy in the mouth with lightly tropical fruit notes. 82pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Brooks Winery Riesling Ara 2008


    Shows some evolution on the nose, which is rather green toned with notes of green plum, flowers, and lightly green spice tones. Fairly rich and well balanced in the mouth with enough acid to keep from being weighty on the palate. Some of the green plum character on the palate as well wit more of a sweet citrus tone that is driven through the mod... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Elk Cove Vineyards Riesling Willamette Valley Estate 2008


    Very Riesling on the nose with very white floral tones and lacy soil tones over cool, crisp citrus fruits. Lacks a bit of integration on the green apple, lime and peach. On the finish this really shows excellent depth of fruit with intense acid driven peach flavors. This needs some time to better knit together but has all the components to be ex... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Chehalem Riesling Ribbon Ridge Sext Ridge 2009


    A bit meaty on the nose rich with dried fruits and nut meats, though a touch of sulfur gives this a bit of funk. Lots of trapped CO2 gives this persistence effervescence. Rich with sweet orchard fruits on the mid-palate edged with complicating notes of honey and lime, this nonetheless is a bit thick and heavy. It is an unusual dessert wine, and ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • The Four Graces Pinot Blanc Dundee Hills 2009


    One of the nice Oregon whites. This one has apricot and a little not quite ripe honey dew melon flavors. Read More

    Wine review by JamesR

  • Erath Vineyards Pinot Noir Dundee Hills Estate Selection 2006


    Earthy, loamy nose. Nice, velvety smooth mouthfeel and lots of rich red and black fruit with hints of spice. Really great depth on this pinot. - Tasted at winery 8/17/10 Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile

  • Argyle Reserve Pinot Noir 2004


    I had this wine at my wedding. Read More

    Wine review by greg348

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