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...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Gewürztraminer

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

  • 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...

  • Gypsy Dancer Estates

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

  • REX HILL

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

  • Anam Cara Cellars

    Each of our wines is created from the beautiful Nicholas Estate vineyard, located in Oregon's ...

  • Cloudline Cellars

    Cloudline Cellars represents a first for Dreyfus, Ashby—our own wine. Given our love for Pino...

  • Panther Creek Cellars

    Panther Creek wines are Oregon's most beautifully packaged and also the most concentrated and age...

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Willamette Valley on Snooth

  • Firesteed Cellars Pinot Noir 2005

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    Wine review by slightlystartled


  • Matello Riesling Ribbon Ridge Whistling Ridge Vineyard 2006

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    Wine review by louka


  • Chehalem Riesling Willamette Valley Dry Riesling Reserve 2005

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    Lime and faint green apple on the nose. Lemon-Lime cough drops on the palate. Very drinkable, nice acidity. Read More

    Wine review by goldendd


  • After much anticipation Snooths OTBN was apon us! We were meeting in the ... ... this:1991 Eyrie Chardonnay Willamette Valley Reserve This was such a treat and in incredibly fine shape with gentle fruit and perfectly proportioned soil and wood spice tones adding complexity. The acidity has kept this wonderfully vibrant and delicious. My white... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Open That Bottle Night 2009...


  • King Estate Domaine Pinot Noir 2006

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    Nice wine, will not reside in my top 10, but enjoyable. A little tart, with a nice fruity (cranberry?) top note, and balanced tannins. Very drinkable. Read More

    Wine review by SpinDiva


  • A To Z 2006

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    One of my favorite Pinot Noir's. Very drinkable and very affordable. Read More

    Wine review by tlcroft


  • Roco Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2006

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    Good, but not quite worth the $$. Read More

    Wine review by Benski


  • Eyrie Chardonnay Willamette Valley Reserve 1991

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    Beautiful, well aged chardonnay that has retained an incredible amount of fruit considering its age. Very complex, oily, smokey and with incredible finesse. A real treat. Read More

    Wine review by 1Philip James 1 Philip James


  • Eyrie Chardonnay Willamette Valley Reserve 1991

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    Wow what a treat this was. 18 year old Oregon Chardonnay that had more in common with fine chablis than what you see coming from the west coast today. The fruit was perfectly preserved with a sweet, everso honeyed edge yet the acidity kept this long and focused. The finish was long and layered with fruit and subtle oak and soil tones. Lovely stu... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Last night was an excellent event, thanks to everyone that was involved and attended. This thread is to create a consolidated list of the wines that were poured. I'll fill in what I recorded, and hope others will jump in and flesh it out:WILSON DANIELS WINES:- Schramsberg Cremant (Vintage?) - URL to come- 2005 Domaine Marc Kreydenweiss Kritt Pin... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Snooth North Square Open that... by 1Philip James 1 Philip James


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