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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  • 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...

  • Gewürztraminer

    Gewürztraminer’s direct and obvious charm has made it a popular varietal in almost every corner of the wine world. Ex...

Popular Wineries in Willamette Valley View all

  • Vidon Vineyard

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

  • Torii Mor Winery

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

  • Gypsy Dancer Estates

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

  • Brooks

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

  • Stone Wolf Vineyards

    Stone Wolf has been producing wines of quality and flair since 1998. At what is now a memorable p...


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

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Willamette Valley on Snooth

  • Left Coast Cellars Pinot Noir Cali's Cuvee 2013


    Quite hot on the nose, but with a lovely floral note of crushed violet and nice red fruit. The heat suggests this may be a bit young today, but the heady fruit is still quite exquisite and inviting in the glass. In the mouth it's full and rich, with ripe red bunches of raspberry, strawberry and dark cherry. The soft tannins concentrate on the fr... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Montinore Estate Pinot Noir 2013


    This is a fantastic Bottle of Pinot Noir. It had substantial but light plum, cherry, mocha, caramel overtones that dance on the tongue making it seem wistful and carefree as it dances in your mouth. There is a lot going on in this organically produced wine, its a screaming value at its price, I like it better than some $40 bottles I've had, I'd ... Read More

    Wine review by DTR789WSD

  • The first is a very nice Alsatian pinot gris by Willm..the other, hmmm...I ... ... ... found that I like is a Willamette Valley small production, I think it is Wilamette Valley Winery - really pretty little wine.  Sometimes I like to pop a Voignier just for fun as long as it doesn't throw too much alcohol in the nose, but its all geared aroun... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!

  • Four Graces Pinot Noir Reserve Dundee Hills 2012


    Tasted 2013 at the winery. Beautiful, classic grounds with an all-star wine offering. This was the standout taste. Read More

    Wine review by jillpickle

  • Hope you enjoyed that Pinot on Saturday night NG.  We love the Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley.  J. K. Carrier is our favorite winemaker out there.  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • Torii Mor Rosé Eola Amity Hills Pinot Noir 2014


    Grapefruit and berries bloom through the nose. You'll be struck by the full mouth feel with softened edges and tinny undertones. Pert red and pink berries carry you to a deep, long, satisfying, finish. Think pink and orange Starburst candies, sans the artificial overtones. Pair with a summer Sunday brunch of eggs and fresh fruit with full-fat yo... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Strangeland Oregon Pinot Noir 2010


    Not very impressed by this Pinot. Thin Read More

    Wine review by runningbear

  • Strangeland Vineyards & Winery Pinot Noir NV


    Thin. Not a big fan of this Pinot Read More

    Wine review by runningbear

  • Torii Mor Riesling Willamette Valley 2014


    Intriguing nose is light with floral aromas of ripe apple and spice framed with dried honey. Quite dry in the mouth, and as dry and pleasantly tart as it is it's almost a surprising entry for the Riesling grape. Look out for lemon and citrus here, clean and fresh on the palate with a bit of varietal character lurking around the edges. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Remy Wines Sangiovese Kiona Vineyard 2012


    Nice enough sangiovese from Remy of McMinnville, Oregon. Fairly fruit forward and a bit tart on the tongue. Loads of bright red cherry, a hint of lime and mouth watering acidity. There isn't a lot of body here and the tannins are fairly light weight but this is a fun mid-week drinker, might be a bit on the pricey side. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

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