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 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

  • EIEIO

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

  • Witness Tree Vineyard

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

  • Montinore Estate

    Montinore Estate is a family owned and operated winery in the northern Willamette Valley that ...

  • Walnut City Wineworks

    Walnut City WineWorks winemakers understand and appreciate the allure, nuances and vitality of Pi...

  • Cardwell Hill Cellars

    Along the southernmost slope of Cardwell Hill, the vineyard encompasses a total of 57 acres. Thi...

  • Cloudline Cellars

    Cloudline Cellars represents a first for Dreyfus, Ashby—our own wine. Given our love for Pino...

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Willamette Valley on Snooth

  • 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

    Snoothrank:

    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

    Snoothrank:

    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


  • Stephen, we opened up this Yarra Valley pinot tonight. This has loads of ripe ... ... body than your normal Willamette Valley offering.  Drinking quite nicely at a very reasonable price point of around $2 Read More

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  • Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir Whole Cluster 2015

    Snoothrank:

    well, it's an excellent wine of cause but what surprised me the most - is a light aroma of cotton and wildflowers and that you can catch for a first few seconds! Then it vanishes leaving nice dried dark berries nose. Taste is juicy, silky, minty, fresh berries and dried fruit. leaves a "90% chocolate" bar on a tongue. Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • Ponzi Vineyards Pinot Noir Tavola Willamette Valley 2015

    Snoothrank:

    A bit muted on opening but opened by the second day. Cherry and cinnamon on the nose turning to sour cherry in the mouth with light tannins on the finish. Fruit turned darker the second day. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


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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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