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 Noir

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

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Willamette Valley View all

  • REX HILL

    REX HILL has been making elegant Pinot Noirs for over 30 years in the Willamette Valley. Now o...

  • EIEIO

    At EIEIO & Company we make the best possible wine we can without compromise. To date, this is a ...

  • Willamette Valley Vineyards

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

  • J. Christopher Wines

    J. Christopher Wines is a small winery located in Oregon's Northern Willamette Valley. Our win...

  • Brooks

    Brooks is a small producer making handcrafted rieslings and pinot noirs in the Willamette Valley ...

  • Vidon Vineyard

    "A Boutique Winery on a Petite Vineyard" producing only premium Estate Pinot Noirs. This excepti...

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Willamette Valley on Snooth

  • I just returned from the Willamette Valley earlier this week! While it is a 30 minute drive from Newberg, I implore you to make an appointment with Walter Scott. Ken, the winemaker, is producing some of the finest Chardonnays I've ever tasted out of Oregon. The drive from Newberg is quite scenic. You'll really get up into the hills. Vista Hills ... Read More

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  • Winter's Hill Dry Rose Pinot Noir Dundee Hills Oregon 2014

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    Light, bright and cheery, this wine has inviting candied cherries and quince paste aromas. In the mouth it's full yet juicy and fresh, with maraschino cherry and strawberry flavors, a splash of tangerine and a touch of lemon acidity to brighten up the palate. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Left Coast Cellars Chardonnay Willamette Valley Truffle Hill 2013

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    Clean peach, honey and lemon aromas. Full of buttery toast flavors, green apple, lemon and honey with a touch of orange and vanilla creme. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Argyle Willamette Valley Pinot Noir Grower Series 2013

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    This is a light, patio-style PN from Argyle - a reputed Dundee OR producer. Not being a reserve wine, it does not have the bold delivery and extraction of other offerings, but has a wonderful wild strawberry nose and a creamy, smooth effect on the palate - like a mildly tannic strawberry water infusion. Finish is medium to short but somehow sa... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Battle Creek Cellars Unconditional Pinot Noir 2011

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    Light cherry aromas with a bit of forest floor funk and some touches of cranberry and rhubarb. Round and smooth in the mouth with just a touch of acidity and a hint of medicine. This ripe red cherry Pinot has an interesting rustic, smoky character to it with a bit of wet wool on the finish. Read More

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  • Elk Cove Pinot Noir Oregon Estate 2007

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    Now I'll admit I had a hard time finding this wine today, I tore the cellar apart, looking in case after case, knowing had to be there somewhere, and alas I found it in a half case of Languedoc! So here we are, a beautiful deep garnet color in the glass with great clarity. The nose is just a rush of Oregon Pinot memories, rustic earthy element... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • I thought it was comparable with several Pinot Noirs we've tasted from ... ... ... the Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley in Oregon a bit more.  Tonight with dinner we have a very tasty house wine that is a Cabernet Sauvignon blend.&nbs Read More

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  • Domaine Drouhin Edition Rose of Pinot Noir 2013

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    Really nice Rose of Pinot Noir from Domaine Drouhin. Crisp bright red cherry, a touch of melon, some not too ripe strawberry, a good hit of acidity and a medium finish. Last of all of our 2013 rose, good way to end the vintage. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Chehalem Ridgecrest Vineyards Ribbon Ridge Oregon Gruner Veltliner 2014

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    Cream Soda, peach, bright acid, fresh cut grass, citrus, hints of lemon grass and sage. Really well balanced. Favorite vintage yet Read More

    Wine review by 240070anchca 240070 anchca


  • Anne Amie Cuvee a Muller Thurgau 2013

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    Apricot jelly, peach gummy (overwhelming), slight spice, tangy, honeycomb and fruit leather and hints of soapiness. 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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