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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  • 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...

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Willamette Valley View all

  • Argyle Winery

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

  • Adea Wine Company

    The Fisher family was introduced to the wine industry on arriving in Yamhill County in 1984. Dean...

  • EIEIO

    At EIEIO & Company we make the best possible wine we can without compromise. To date, this is a ...

  • REX HILL

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

  • Montinore Estate

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

  • Brooks

    Brooks is a small producer making handcrafted rieslings and pinot noirs in the Willamette Valley ...

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Willamette Valley on Snooth

  • Retour Retour 2006

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    HARVEY STEIMAN, WINE SPECTATOR92 Points - Focused, seamless and well defined ...the finish lingering expressively. JOSH RAYNOLDS, STEPHEN TANZER'S INTERNATIONAL WINE CELLAR 92 Points - Seductively perfumed aromas ...finely focused and pure, with excellent finishing clarity... I really like this graceful wine's subtle power and balance ... DOUG... Read More

    Wine review by LRWoodard


  • Retour Retour 2006

    Snoothrank:

    HARVEY STEIMAN, WINE SPECTATOR92 Points - Focused, seamless and well defined ...the finish lingering expressively. JOSH RAYNOLDS, STEPHEN TANZER'S INTERNATIONAL WINE CELLAR 92 Points - Seductively perfumed aromas ...finely focused and pure, with excellent finishing clarity... I really like this graceful wine's subtle power and balance ... DOUG... Read More

    Wine review by LRWoodard


  • Retour Retour 2006

    Snoothrank:

    HARVEY STEIMAN, WINE SPECTATOR92 Points - Focused, seamless and well defined ...the finish lingering expressively. JOSH RAYNOLDS, STEPHEN TANZER'S INTERNATIONAL WINE CELLAR 92 Points - Seductively perfumed aromas ...finely focused and pure, with excellent finishing clarity... I really like this graceful wine's subtle power and balance ... DOUG... Read More

    Wine review by LRWoodard


  • Tyee Wine Cellars Pinot Gris Willamette Valley 2008

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    No written review

    Wine review by awendel


  • Maysara Pinot Noir Jamsheed Mcminnville Ava 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by waldja


  • Ponzi Vineyards Pinot Noir Reserve 2005

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    Very tight. Needs time to breath. Decant at least an hour. Slowly opens up to earthyness and black cherry. Lots of acid. Initially tart. Subtle fruit, earthy, tannin. Needs a lot of time to open. Read More

    Wine review by HondaJohn


  • Eyrie Vineyards Chardonnay Willamette Valley 1993

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    This had a lovely waxy nose with notes of golden raspberries, cashews and hazelnuts. In the mouth the fruit remains sweet and expansive with bright acids backing up the dried apple fruit tones that lead to a finish with inner mouth aromatics of tobaco and cocoa powder and piercing minerality on the finale. Drink em if you can find them but this ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Firesteed Cellars Pinot Noir 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by raytamblyn


  • Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2006

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    This is one of my favorites, had it at dinner just before the theatre. Just knew I had to get a few bottles more to try to see if the taste was as good as the first time. AND it was!! Great wine, romantic and pleasing. Read More

    Wine review by makemewhine


  • Stag Hollow Pinot Noir Yamhill County Vendange Selection 2002

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    Sat on this wine for over 5 years beyone its release. Hade it tonight (5-30-09) and I'm so thankful for my procrastination! I was excellent. I bought this wine in 2004 and wish I had access to more :-( Read More

    Wine review by DesertParadise


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