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

  • Willamette Valley Vineyards

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

  • Cristom Vineyards

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

  • Torii Mor Winery

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

  • Witness Tree Vineyard

    Witness Tree Vineyard is a small producer of premium quality Pinot Noir and Chardonnay made entir...

  • EIEIO

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

  • Argyle Winery

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

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Willamette Valley on Snooth

  • Left Coast Cellars Truffle Hill Chardonnay Willamette Valley 2015

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    Chunky melon, peach and lemon aromas with a lot of life and a hint of a sweet floral note coming through on the nose. In the mouth this is much softer, still showing peach and melon notes up front, with calm acidity. This is pleasantly approachable and finishes quite clean with a bit of apricot and lemon zest. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Penner-Ash makes some pretty good Pinot Noir, though not my favorite in the Willamette Valley.  Read More

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  • I forgot to mention that last night we had a Gruner Veltliner from... North ... bottle of Cottonwood PN from Willamette Valley and I had a glass of that.  We had another adult, so we drank 1 1/2 bottles.If we win tonight, we'll be drinking a special wine made of a baby's tears.Honestly, the cheap step over moves (click the link, it's not the o... Read More

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  • Gran Moraine Pinot Noir Yamhill-Carlton 2012

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    Wine review by tjjm


  • Adelshiem Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2012

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    1st of the last flight (above $20). This why they rave about the 2012 vintage ... a small production cuvee. Willamette Valley minerality provides the foundation for the taut cherry and blueberry notes. There's a cacoa bitter chocolate note with medium tannins and acidity. This all builds to lengthy, mouthwatering finish. Paul 01 poin Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Adelshiem Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2012

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    Wine review by khovey


  • Adelshiem Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2012

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  • Adelshiem Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2012

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  • Adelshiem Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2012

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  • Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir Founders' Reserve 2014

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    E had at prime 47 Read More

    Wine review by gmb468


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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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