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

  • Evergreen Vineyards

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

  • Gypsy Dancer Estates

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

  • Château Benoit

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

  • Panther Creek Cellars

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

  • Argyle Winery

    Prospecting the New World's coolest latitudes, Brian Croser and Rollin Soles staked a claim in...

  • Brooks

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

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Willamette Valley on Snooth

  • Roserock By Drouhin Oregon Eola-Amity Hills Chardonnay 2015

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    Tangerine peel and fresh apple aromas with touches of lemon and honeysuckle on the nose. Smooth, silky textured yet still assertive on the palate, this brings crisp apple and lemon fruit flavors to the fore, sustaining for quite a while before yielding to a short honeyed oats and creamy vanilla finish. 92 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Rockr - There are a lot of those sugar shack wineries in Ohio, Indiana, ... N ... N latitude. If you figure Willamette Valley is around 45 and Napa is around 39-40, it's a place that's likely to have sufficient sun. But they're wet and humid and green, with a completely different climate and a lot of disease pressure. There are a lot of wineri... Read More

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  • A To Z Winery 'Rose' Sangiovese 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by FFLADY


  • We opened this nice Chardonnay from our new winery Soter in Willamette Valley yesterday.  Very tasty Chardonnay. Read More

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  • RC - There are several 'French Family' wineries in Willamette Valley, probably due to the similar climate in Burgundy, France.  We found Domaine Serene to be too expensive for shipping, as in $70 for six bottles.  We quit their wine club over a year ago, and replaced it with Domaine Drouhin (very close by).  Same high quality wines, from what I ... Read More

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  • EM - You need to come over to the Willamette Valley side of Pinot life.  We had the grand kids all day - and I mean all day (over 9 hours) - so coming home an hour ago meant it was time to relax after the learning center, the park, McDonalds, etc.  This 2011 Domaine Serene Evenstad Reserve hits all the high marks of a fine Pinot Noir.  Highly re... Read More

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  • V V - I would try that Louis Roederer brut rose.  Congratulations on ... ... chance going to drive to the Willamette Valley?  Lot's of lovely Pinot Noir out there.  If not, at least try a nice Pinot from that area in one of your restaurants.  This link and this link are our two recent trips to that area and the Oregon wine experience. Both are... Read More

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  • Really enjoyed this Patricia Green Suav Blanc from Ribbon Ridge (Willamette Valley).  Crisp, citrus, more lemon than grapefruit and a nice clean, acidic finish, just right on a hot NC afternoon.  Purchased this at the winery just short of a year ago. Read More

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  • Rascal Pinot Noir 2015

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    Running a bit hot, but just a bit. Nice pinot. Typical of the varietal. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Yamhill Valley Vineyards Pinot Gris 2015

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    Light, fruity aromas of peach and green apple with an oat straw note adding a bit of creaminess. White peach, tart apple and pear on the palate, a zesty mid palate and a cool breezy finish, this is fruit forward, flavorful and refreshing. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


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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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