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...

  • 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

  • REX HILL

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

  • Pioneer Hopyard Vineyard

    Local wines with single vineyard distinction

  • McKinley Springs

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

  • Gypsy Dancer Estates

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

  • St. Innocent Winery

    Mark Vlossak's training as a winemaker began when he was a young man and tasted wines daily with ...

  • J. Christopher Wines

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

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Willamette Valley on Snooth

  • Ponzi Vineyards Pinot Blanc Willamette Valley 2015

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    Fruity and floral stone fruit aromas of peach and apricot with green apple and white grape notes on the nose. This has lovely balance and a soft demeanor in the mouth with elegance and style both. Fruit notes of green apple and pear combine with white blossom against a backdrop of lemon that pops with bright and zesty acidity, landing on a warm ... Read More

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  • Stoller Vineyards Chardonnay 2015

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    Light fruit aromas of pear and green apple with notes of beeswax and blossom. Carries a lot of citrus on the palate, delivering bright acidity and notes of lemon and lime zest through to the finish. Read More

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  • Stoller Family Estate Chardonnay Reserve Dundee Hills 2014

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    Caramel and melon aromas on the nose with vanilla and red apple notes and a floral, blossom note. Juicy and fresh in the mouth and quite expressive, this opens with peach and pineapple notes and follows with tart lemon zest and oaky butter adding a further depth before the citrus and cedar box finish with a touch of sweet spice. 92 pts Read More

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  • Chehalem Pinot Noir Three Vineyard 2014

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    Pure strawberry and cherry fruit aromas with cinnamon spice and cool flower petal notes on the nose. Zesty and appealing in the mouth with plenty of ripe cherry and mixed berry fruit, soft and gentle earth and even a touch of cherry syrup and red licorice on the finish. Read More

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  • Adelsheim Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2014

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    Quite elegant and smooth on the nose, this is fruit forward and approachable with notes of ripe black cherry, red licorice, bold cinnamon spice and a soft herbal note adding some complexity. Impressive balance on the palate with tart fruit character of ripe red currant, strawberry and lots of bright cherry, this is full and fresh and fruity with... Read More

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  • Ponzi Vineyards Pinot Noir Rose Willamette Valley 2015

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    Tart strawberry and chunky watermelon aromas with sharp spice and some cherry syrup. This stays quite fresh on the palate with more watermelon notes and cherry, turning towards citrus fruit notes of lime alongside kiwi and a floral finish. Read More

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  • Ponzi Vineyards Pinot Gris Willamette Valley 2014

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    Floral notes of peach and green apple on the nose with tea leaf and honeysuckle. Fresh, lively and playful on the palate, this demonstrates bold acidity and tart fruit notes of lemon and tangerine next to sweet spice and a cool pear finish. Read More

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  • Ponzi Tavola Pinot Noir 2014

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    Sweet and savory spice box nose with black cherry and raspberry notes. This is cool and fresh in the mouth with floral and earthy undernotes, a good base of spice with dried chocolate cherries coming up through the midpalate and a finish that delivers a tart herbal note with cranberry and raspberry fruit notes. Clean, fresh and lively. Read More

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  • Bethel Heights Chardonnay Estate 2014

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  • Winter's Hill Estate Dry Rose Pinot Noir Dundee Hills 2014

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