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

  • 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

  • Brick House Vineyards

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

  • Holloran Vineyards Wines

    HVW produces small quantities of hand crafted wine from premium vineyard sites in Oregon's Willam...

  • Domaine Serene

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

  • Cristom Vineyards

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

  • Evergreen Vineyards

    OUR STORY: In 1989 we started our foray into the wine industry by purchasing a Pinot Noir vine...

  • Château Benoit

    When Dr. Robert Pamplin, one of Oregon’s most forward-thinking philanthropists and businessmen, p...

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Willamette Valley on Snooth

  • Left Coast Cellars Pinot Noir Cali's Cuvee 2015

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    Fruity with balancing acid and light tannins. Easy drinker that everyone can enjoy. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Kramer Vineyards Pinot Gris Estate 2015

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    Double Gold Winner, Cannon Beach, March 2017 Read More

    Wine review by trudykramerwine


  • King Estate Hyland Vineyard Pinot Noir Mcminnville 2014

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    Strawberry and cherry, heavy and aromatic on the nose with potpourri, lively wild berry notes and a hint of licorice. On the palate this is tart and crisp with bold acidity and earthen fruit notes of cherry and raspberry, a bit of warmth coming in on the mid palate with some spice and notes of leather, clay and smoke, wrapped in more red fruit. ... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Walnut City Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2016

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    Aromatic cherry raspberry and strawberry aromas, lightly floral with notes of tart earth. Mixed berry and wildflower on the palate, juicy and spicy with a touch of smoked herb on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Stoller Family Estate Pinot Noir Dundee Hills 2016

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    Raspberry, blueberry and cherry aromas are open and expressive here with notes of spice adding to the nose. Generous, juicy and refreshing on the palate with notes of cherry, spiced cola and mixed wild berry jam, medium plus acidity and hints of cocoa and a pleasant zestiness towards the finish - turning a touch cool and herbal right at the fini... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Chehalem Three Vineyard Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2015

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    Beautiful cranberry and cherry aromas with notes of red current jam and wild flowers. Powerful, juicy crushed cherry notes on the palate with fresh blueberry and raspberry notes around the edges, tart acidity on the mid palate and a soft mineral earth filling in on the finish with some dark chocolate and ripe plum skin.91 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Rex Hill Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2015

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    Raspberry seed and strawberry jam aromas with full cherry notes and a gentle cedar character with baking spice. Herbal cherry and red currant on the palate with deep, rich flavors of red berry, strawberry and red currant, a floral expression of freshly picked blossom, tart cranberry on the mid palate and a finish of creamy textured earth.90 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Winter's Hill Estate Watershed Pinot Noir Dundee Hills 2015

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    Clear, impressively fruited nose redolent of cherries, raspberries and cream with vanilla notes and a touch of smoke. In the mouth this is herbal and earthy, with thick streaks of tarry toast and smoke layered with blueberry, cherry and raspberry fruit, a tart focused palate towards the finish with cherry cola and chocolate.89 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Winter's Hill Estate Watershed Pinot Gris Dundee Hills 2015

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    Light green apple and lemon aromas, notes of white blossom and even a bit of tangerine. In the mouth, this is cool and crisp on entry, with green apple and young pear notes and a zesty acidity adding a bit of bite to the mid palate where a creamy, green, golden berry note emerges and glides through to the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • When you say Pinot Noir, I say Willamette Valley.  Oh, here is my photo from Barcelona back in 2008:  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! :)

    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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