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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  • Gewürztraminer

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

  • Pinot Blanc

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

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Willamette Valley View all

  • Torii Mor Winery

    At Torii Mor, we strive to create premium quality, handcrafted wines that reflect the earthbou...

  • Walnut City Wineworks

    Walnut City WineWorks winemakers understand and appreciate the allure, nuances and vitality of Pi...

  • Domaine Serene

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

  • Willamette Valley Vineyards

    Founded in 1983 by Oregon native, Jim Bernau, with the dream of creating world-class Pinot Noir, ...

  • Cloudline Cellars

    Cloudline Cellars represents a first for Dreyfus, Ashby—our own wine. Given our love for Pino...

  • Montinore Estate

    Montinore Estate is a family owned and operated winery in the northern Willamette Valley that ...

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Willamette Valley on Snooth

  • Stephen, we opened up this Yarra Valley pinot tonight. This has loads of ripe ... ... body than your normal Willamette Valley offering.  Drinking quite nicely at a very reasonable price point of around $2 Read More

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  • Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir Whole Cluster 2015

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    well, it's an excellent wine of cause but what surprised me the most - is a light aroma of cotton and wildflowers and that you can catch for a first few seconds! Then it vanishes leaving nice dried dark berries nose. Taste is juicy, silky, minty, fresh berries and dried fruit. leaves a "90% chocolate" bar on a tongue. Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • Ponzi Vineyards Pinot Noir Tavola Willamette Valley 2015

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    A bit muted on opening but opened by the second day. Cherry and cinnamon on the nose turning to sour cherry in the mouth with light tannins on the finish. Fruit turned darker the second day. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Brooks Riesling Bois Joli Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills 2015

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    Lightly savory aromas with light lemon fruit and a mineral edge. Presents a smooth and elegant off-dry palate of sweet spice and tangerine notes, a burst of acidity through the full bodied mid palate that leaves a tingling sensation behind with melon and papaya notes and a creamy memory. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Brooks Riesling Willamette Valley 2015

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    Plush and plump apricot and green apple aromas with floral hints and gentle oily Riesling aromatics. Freshly acidic on the palate, almost surprisingly so on entry with peach pear and mango fruit playing through the mid palate with lemon zest and a candied character towards the slightly nutty finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Alexana Pinot Noir Revana Vineyard 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by G D P


  • We are renting a car of course, so I'll do most of the driving. ... at ... ... at Soter Vineyards in Willamette Valley.  We visited this winery last year and we probably should have joined their wine club.  Perhaps this yea Read More

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  • We flew out west in early March (04 March 2017) to continue our annual wine ... two days of tasting in the Willamette Valley (McMinnville, Oregon) and two days of tasting in the Columbia Valley (Walla Walla, Horse Heaven Hills, Washington).  One special activity was a 4-hour limo ride in Walla Walla to several wineries. I added info and a few ... Read More

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  • SUNDAY LUNCH...Roasted Australian lamb, stuffed mushrooms, North African style ... NOIR, "SHEA" 2012, WILLAMETTE VALLEY OREGON.The ultimate Sunda Read More

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  • So Sandra and I just arrived home from a two night stay in Charlottesville, ... ... Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley.  It was decent but not at the level of our Ridge wine.  They helped us finish our bottl Read More

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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! :)

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  • 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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