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

  • Torii Mor Winery

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

  • REX HILL

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

  • J. Christopher Wines

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

  • Walnut City Wineworks

    Walnut City WineWorks winemakers understand and appreciate the allure, nuances and vitality of Pi...

  • Evergreen Vineyards

    OUR STORY: In 1989 we started our foray into the wine industry by purchasing a Pinot Noir vine...

  • Stone Wolf Vineyards

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

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Willamette Valley on Snooth

  • Erath Willakia Vineyard Pinot Noir Eola-Amity Hills 2014

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    Darkly rich aromas of spiced cherry, red currant and blueberry with good minerality. This is restrained but elegant in the mouth, demonstrating a range of fruit - black cherry, mixed berry and bramble fruit with earthy notes of licorice bark, soft minerality and a candied chocolate cherry note towards the finish that ties up the palate nicely. Read More

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  • Montinore Estate Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2014

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    Cedar, strawberry and cherry aromas with wood shavings and soft floral spice. Nicely tart and fresh on the palate, excellent tannic structure and fruit notes of cranberry, strawberry and cherry alongside light spice and an approachable finish with the tannins and tart fruit lingering for a bit. Read More

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  • Elk Cove Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2014

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    Ripe cherry and mixed berry aromas with pleasant spice. Full of acidity on the palate with tart cherry and cranberry flavors, earthy tar coming through towards the finish and a zesty spice throughout that lifts the palate. Read More

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  • Love Oregon Pinot Noir 2014

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    Heady floral aromas with cinnamon spice and chalky trailhead dust settle down into fruit notes of black cherry, strawberry and sweetened dried cranberries. This is fresh and lively on the palate with spicy acidity and notes of red licorice, bramble fruit and an herbal note on the finish. Read More

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  • Broadley Vineyards Pinot Noir 2014

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    Dense red fruit aromas of dried red currant, cranberry and ripe cherry with clove and cedar spice. Cool and spicy in the mouth with more bold red fruit flavors dancing against full acidity and settling into a medicinal earth and deep cinnamon spice with more earth. Read More

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  • Cooper Mountain Vineyards Pinot Noir Cooper Hill 2013

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    Fine grained earth and oak notes on the nose with soft cherry fruit and a bit of savory spice. This shows quite floral in the mouth, expressing itself through bright acidity and mellow earth, then settling in to blue fruit notes and a cherry finish that's a touch medicinal. Good tannic structure from the attack through the finish, with generous ... Read More

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  • Patricia Green Cellars Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Estate 2003

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    Wine review by calywa


  • 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

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


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