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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Popular wines made in Willamette Valley under $20

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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...

  • Gewürztraminer

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • 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

  • Panther Creek Cellars

    Panther Creek wines are Oregon's most beautifully packaged and also the most concentrated and age...

  • Holloran Vineyards Wines

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

  • Pioneer Hopyard Vineyard

    Local wines with single vineyard distinction

  • Château Benoit

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

  • Willamette Valley Vineyards

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

  • Gypsy Dancer Estates

    Gypsy Dancer Estates is a small Oregon Winery founded by Gary and Christine Andrus in 2002. The w...

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Willamette Valley on Snooth

  • Penner-Ash Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2013


    dark garnet red, yet clear. nose of cherry and plums. complex palate of chocolate and spices Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim

  • Roco Gravel Road Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2014


    Tight savory notes of cranberry and soft cherry on the nose with hints of dark spice. This continues to be restrained and tart in the mouth with more cranberry and earthy cherry notes with sticky resinous streaks and a light creamy spice on the lengthy finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Anne Amie Vineyards Winemaker's Selection Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2014


    Intriguing, lightly savory aromas of mineral earth frame the bright sweet fruit aromas of Bing cherries, strawberry and crushed flower petals. Cool blue fruit and zesty spice on the palate, this is smooth and true to form with buoyant cherry and mixed berry notes, tart acidity with red currant up front and a streak of raspberry preserves on the ... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Erath Willakia Vineyard Pinot Noir Eola-Amity Hills 2014


    Darkly rich aromas of spiced cherry, red currant and blueberry with good minerality. This is restrained but elegant in the mouth, demonstrating a range of fruit - black cherry, mixed berry and bramble fruit with earthy notes of licorice bark, soft minerality and a candied chocolate cherry note towards the finish that ties up the palate nicely. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Montinore Estate Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2014


    Cedar, strawberry and cherry aromas with wood shavings and soft floral spice. Nicely tart and fresh on the palate, excellent tannic structure and fruit notes of cranberry, strawberry and cherry alongside light spice and an approachable finish with the tannins and tart fruit lingering for a bit. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Elk Cove Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2014


    Ripe cherry and mixed berry aromas with pleasant spice. Full of acidity on the palate with tart cherry and cranberry flavors, earthy tar coming through towards the finish and a zesty spice throughout that lifts the palate. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Love Oregon Pinot Noir 2014


    Heady floral aromas with cinnamon spice and chalky trailhead dust settle down into fruit notes of black cherry, strawberry and sweetened dried cranberries. This is fresh and lively on the palate with spicy acidity and notes of red licorice, bramble fruit and an herbal note on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Broadley Vineyards Pinot Noir 2014


    Dense red fruit aromas of dried red currant, cranberry and ripe cherry with clove and cedar spice. Cool and spicy in the mouth with more bold red fruit flavors dancing against full acidity and settling into a medicinal earth and deep cinnamon spice with more earth. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Cooper Mountain Vineyards Pinot Noir Cooper Hill 2013


    Fine grained earth and oak notes on the nose with soft cherry fruit and a bit of savory spice. This shows quite floral in the mouth, expressing itself through bright acidity and mellow earth, then settling in to blue fruit notes and a cherry finish that's a touch medicinal. Good tannic structure from the attack through the finish, with generous ... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Patricia Green Cellars Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Estate 2003


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    Wine review by calywa

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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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