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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Saginaw Vineyard

    Saginaw Vineyard is at the Southernmost tip of the Willamette Valley in a unique micro-climate cr...

  • Argyle Winery

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

  • J. Christopher Wines

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

  • Montinore Estate

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

  • Cristom Vineyards

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

  • Gypsy Dancer Estates

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

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Willamette Valley on Snooth

  • Elk Cove Vineyards Estate Riesling Willamette Valley 2015

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    Lemon and petrol on the nose with soft wildflower notes and some tangerine. More citrus and petrol notes on the palate, good acidity, some sweet spice and ripe melon notes towards the finish, and a creamy texture throughout. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Trisaetum Vineyards Wichmann Dundee Estate Riesling Dundee Hills 2015

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    Orange peel, white blossom and white peach aromas with hints of fresh melon, lemon and a touch of vanilla frosting on the nose. Tart and zesty on the palate with fresh flavors, bright acidity and juicy sweetness coming through in concert, finishing with notes of grapefruit, tangerine and lemon. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Trisaetum Vineyards Coast Range Estate Dry Riesling Yamhill-Carlton 2015

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    Mineral salinity, peach fruit and lemon zest bloom on the nose. This is gorgeous and elegant in the mouth, perfectly walking the line between Riesling sweetness, floral aromatics, minerality and refreshing acidity. It also brings a palate of fruit flavors - peach, mango, lemon and grapefruit, with a finish that's creamy and delicate with great l... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Anne Amie Riesling Yamhill-Carlton Estate Dry Riesling 2013

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    Floral petrol aromas with an undernote of baked green apple, honey and tart lime zest. In the mouth this is expressive with notes of elderflower, lemon and more petrol, fresh and fruity but displaying a creamy nutty finish that carries some peach and tropical fruit. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Tonight we attended the Symphony at The Kennedy Center.  The highlight ... ... was familiar with the Willamette Valley in Oregon, and he has in fact met Jim Prosser of J. K. Carriere Wines (one of our wine clubs).  We talked about other wineries we all knew, but Will had not been to the Walla Walla region where we are headed next month.  We p... Read More

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  • Joel Gott Oregon Pinot Gris 2015

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    Made like a cali chard, ripe, lighter acidity and has seen a touch of wood. Tasty just not up my alley. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Amour, thanks for sharing the Day Wine, I'm always looking for good, little known Willamette Valley wines. Our son lives in Portland and we visit about once a year and always spend a day or more in wine country, I've put this on my to-do list.Mark, we've had the '12 Bedrock Alder Springs and my tasting notes are right in line with yours for the ... Read More

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  • Yeah but that's true for lots of things isn't it? The deal with PN is ... ... wouldn't. "Willamette Valley Vineyards Whole Cluster at $19.97 at Total Wines"Completely agree with that one. And I would usually rather drink anything than Pinot Noir, but that's a very nice wine nonetheless.Except I only buy it when it's when it's on sale at Ralph'... Read More

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  • OK TOPOCHINESVINO--what are your hidden gems in Willamette Valley? Read More

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  • Willamette Valley Vineyards Estate Chardonnay Willamette Valley 2014

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    Light toast and white peach aromas with a floral note showing amidst fresh apple and tea leaf. This is round and firm in the mouth, soft and powdery and light on its feet, with a touch of lemon coming through towards the finish with the tea leaf returning amidst oaky vanilla notes. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


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