Willamette Valley 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 Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Willamette Valley View all

  • Pinot Blanc

    History of the grape: Pinot Blanc was first grown in Burgundy and Champagne, France, and can be traced by some source...

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Gewürztraminer

    Gewürztraminer’s direct and obvious charm has made it a popular varietal in almost every corner of the wine world. Ex...

  • Chardonnay

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

Popular Wineries in Willamette Valley View all

  • Cristom Vineyards

    Cristom's founder and owner, Paul Gerrie, used his skills as an engineer and avid researcher to p...

  • Saginaw Vineyard

    Saginaw Vineyard is at the Southernmost tip of the Willamette Valley in a unique micro-climate cr...

  • Stone Wolf Vineyards

    Stone Wolf has been producing wines of quality and flair since 1998. At what is now a memorable p...

  • Domaine Serene

    Domaine Serene, named after Ken and Grace Evenstad’s daughter, Serene, has been named one of Or...

  • Brick House Vineyards

    Once you have faced the challenge of finding a site for a new vineyard, you never look at a hi...

  • Anam Cara Cellars

    Each of our wines is created from the beautiful Nicholas Estate vineyard, located in Oregon's ...

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Willamette Valley on Snooth

  • Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir Whole Cluster 2014

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    Light cherry aromas with soft notes of cinnamon. Bright and juicy in the mouth, with tons of fresh acidity, ripe red fruit flavors of cranberry and black cherry and raspberry. Finishes clean and light with some blueberry notes and tart fruit. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Evolution 19th Edition

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    Sokol Blosser is known for its Dundee OR Pinot Noir, but the blends are fantastic values. This white has a panoply of white varieties such as Muller-Thurgau, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer and a host of others. The flavour tends to pear, peach and lychee - possibly suggestive of a goodly portion of Gewurztraminer. Fun stuff and good value. 87 po... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Gran Moraine Pinot Noir Yamhill-Carlton 2013

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    Delicate violet and ripe black cherry aromas are bold and fresh on the nose. This is focussed and tight in the mouth, with cherry notes that open up well providing nice acidity and precise balance from the structure here. A nice range of flavors here with cherry, cocoa and violet mingling with some licorice and vanilla on the finish.90 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Ponzi Vineyards Pinot Noir Reserve Willamette Valley 2013

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    Light cranberry and crushed violet aromas with dark cherry. Dark black cherry on the palate with an explosion of fruit up front that carries a floral note through with hints of poppy seed and cinnamon, very nicely integrated with a perfect acidic pop towards the finish, which leads the way for bright red fruit and a long finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Roco Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2012

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    Bouquet, taste, finish were all fair. Nothing special. $29.99 at starrs Read More

    Wine review by tjjm


  • Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Gris 2014

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    Fresh lemon with bright honeydew melon notes on the nose with a touch of citrus peel. Bright green fruits wash over the palate with a lime twist. All this buttressed by exceptional acidity. Steely and clean on the finish. 90 pts. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir Bernau Block 2012

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    Intriguing, pleasantly herbal on the nose with notes of tomato leaf and oregano in front of black cherry and black pepper. Cheerful and elegant in the mouth, showcasing tart cherry and licorice notes with floral notes of violet and a zesty finish that comes with a touch of cola and excellent structure. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir Estate 2013

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    Dusty and austere, this opens beautifully with loamy earth, dark ripe cherries and plum with some mushroom notes and violets. Big bright and bold on entry, and flush with life, this shows plenty of juicy cherry notes in the mouth, with nicely toasted edges and a hint of medicine, finishing just a touch tart and creamy. This is wonderfully restra... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Torii Mor Winery Pinot Gris Willamette Valley 2014

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    Soft and creamy notes of yeast and lemon with pleasant melon and butter on the nose. Medium bodied in the mouth, this carries some not so subtle notes of biscuit and Meyer lemon with pear and green apple as well. Loads of fruit and acidity, yet still a bit green throughout. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Penner-Ash Pinot Noir 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by ArchieBorealis


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  • The Willamette Valley has THE BEST Pinot Noir in the entire World. There are very few good Pinot Noir from California, but when I am thinking about taste of the classic Pinot Noir it always comes to my mind Willamette Valley! :)

    Comment by 753316Maroni 753316 Maroni


  • Yes, I've tasted their Wine! It's very good, however I think it's pricey, considering I've enjoyed other Pinot Noir's that were as good and less pricey...

    Comment by 480473Jan Jones 480473 Jan Jones


  • Such a beautiful part of the country with some terrific wines. Well worth a long weekend getaway in the early fall. Dundee and McMinnville are terrific.

    Comment by 326362BigDBingo 326362 BigDBingo


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