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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Popular wines made in Willamette Valley under $20

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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

  • Montinore Estate

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

  • Stangeland Vineyards and Winery

    2500 case winery specializing in Pinot Noir of the Willamette Valley and Eola-Amity Hills AVA. Al...

  • Holloran Vineyards Wines

    HVW produces small quantities of hand crafted wine from premium vineyard sites in Oregon's Willam...

  • Witness Tree Vineyard

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

  • Carabella Vineyard

    All Carabella wines are sourced from our 58 acre site in Oregon's Chehalem Mountains. We produce ...

  • 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

  • Chehalem Three Vineyard Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2015

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    Beautiful cranberry and cherry aromas with notes of red current jam and wild flowers. Powerful, juicy crushed cherry notes on the palate with fresh blueberry and raspberry notes around the edges, tart acidity on the mid palate and a soft mineral earth filling in on the finish with some dark chocolate and ripe plum skin.91 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Rex Hill Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2015

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    Raspberry seed and strawberry jam aromas with full cherry notes and a gentle cedar character with baking spice. Herbal cherry and red currant on the palate with deep, rich flavors of red berry, strawberry and red currant, a floral expression of freshly picked blossom, tart cranberry on the mid palate and a finish of creamy textured earth.90 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Winter's Hill Estate Watershed Pinot Noir Dundee Hills 2015

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    Clear, impressively fruited nose redolent of cherries, raspberries and cream with vanilla notes and a touch of smoke. In the mouth this is herbal and earthy, with thick streaks of tarry toast and smoke layered with blueberry, cherry and raspberry fruit, a tart focused palate towards the finish with cherry cola and chocolate.89 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Winter's Hill Estate Watershed Pinot Gris Dundee Hills 2015

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    Light green apple and lemon aromas, notes of white blossom and even a bit of tangerine. In the mouth, this is cool and crisp on entry, with green apple and young pear notes and a zesty acidity adding a bit of bite to the mid palate where a creamy, green, golden berry note emerges and glides through to the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • When you say Pinot Noir, I say Willamette Valley.  Oh, here is my photo from Barcelona back in 2008:  Read More

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  • Randy - The Willamette Valley wines (which includes Dundee Hills) are most excellent from the wineries we have tasted at.  I opened a few recently procured bottles (from Whole Foods earlier this week) yesterday, a 2014 Malbec and a 2008 LAN Rioja Grand Reserva.  We really loved the Rioja.  Read More

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  • As in, "Did you finish off that cheap Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon so ... enjoy a nice Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon"?  Yes.  There is still some Pinot left for Sandra too.  Last night's dinner with her father was a beer event (special Trader Joe's beer from the holiday season) with Chinese food while we watched Wheel of Fortune ... Read More

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  • Stoller Vineyards Dundee Hills Pinot Noir 2015

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    Red fruited that edges into a dark cherry mid palate. Plenty of acididty to balance with a touch of oak to pretty it up. Really nice food wine. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Hendricks Gin 2011

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    Wine review by BOYUAN


  • The Four Graces Pinot Noir Dundee Hills Reserve 2008

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    Excellent Pinot for the price Read More

    Wine review by Willard Cook


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