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

  • Panther Creek Cellars

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

  • J. Christopher Wines

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

  • Adea Wine Company

    The Fisher family was introduced to the wine industry on arriving in Yamhill County in 1984. Dean...

  • McKinley Springs

    We take great pride in tending to our 2000 acre estate vineyard, and strive to craft wines of exc...

  • Domaine Serene

    Domaine Serene, named after Ken and Grace Evenstad’s daughter, Serene, has been named one of Or...

  • Cristom Vineyards

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

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Willamette Valley on Snooth

  • Funny thing about these lava lamps - they were just for me to view since this ... J.K. Carrier Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon.  Even Sandra guessed incorrectly on this one, thinking it was a Cabernet Franc from Washington.  We did serve two bottles of sparkling wine at the start, one of which is shown below.  They were a hit and got... Read More

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  • Ponzi Vineyards Chardonnay Willamette Valley Reserve 2012

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    Lemon curd, beeswax, apricot and a hint of cream on the nose. Flavors are bold and big and acidic, full of ripe lemon zest, baked apples, and grapefruit. Finishes long and clean with cream and vanilla notes. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Stoller Vineyards Sv Estate Pinot Noir Stoller Family Estate 2009

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    A terrific Pinot Noir. A bit more body (a plus!) than most. Read More

    Wine review by Chrisbike7


  • Rascal Oregon Pinot Gris 2009

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    Wine review by michalene


  • We're just cleaning the house this weekend, getting ready for my youngest ... wineries with them up in the Willamette Valley last year during our 2-week tour of Alexander, Napa, Anderson and Willamette Valleys in 2013.  However, hard work gets rewarded in our household, hence we opened a nice Barnett to make sure our wine cellar is keeping our... Read More

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  • Domaine Drouhin Arthur Chardonnay 2012

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    One of the best chardonnay's in the mid $30 ($35 at the winery) range we've had. Creamy lemon pith, a slight touch of oak, a bit of minerality, wonderful smooth tongue coating mouthfeel, decent amount of acidity and a medium to long finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Kramer Vineyards Pinot Noir Rose 2013

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    Very satisfying sparkler from one of Willamette's oldest wineries. Pink rose color with wild strawberry, tart cherry, decent acidity and a medium finish. This is not real dry but not sweet either, it walks a fine line between both, quite enjoyable. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Bergstrom Chardonnay Sigrid 2012

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    Wine review by 240070anchca 240070 anchca


  • A To Z Pinot Noir Oregon 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by Nbrown04


  • On the 19th of September I was serving wine again at the Crystal City 'Wine ... ... Initially we selected a Willamette Valley Pinot Noir from the wine list but they were out of that selection, so we went ahead with a white wine - and I finally got my chance to try a Cakebread Cellars wine.  We chose the 2012 Chardonnay (at about $62 a bottle) ... 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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