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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  • 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

  • Montinore Estate

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


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

  • Saginaw Vineyard

    Saginaw Vineyard is at the Southernmost tip of the Willamette Valley in a unique micro-climate cr...

  • 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 ...

  • Cardwell Hill Cellars

    Along the southernmost slope of Cardwell Hill, the vineyard encompasses a total of 57 acres. Thi...

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Willamette Valley on Snooth

  • Matello Riesling Ribbon Ridge Whistling Ridge Vineyard 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by louka

  • Chehalem Riesling Willamette Valley Dry Riesling Reserve 2005


    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


    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


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

    Wine review by tlcroft

  • Roco Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2006


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

    Wine review by Benski

  • Eyrie Chardonnay Willamette Valley Reserve 1991


    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


    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

  • Yamhill Valley Pinot Noir Estate 2006


    Drank this at a blind Pinot Noir tasting I held. This was the least favorite of the bunch for four other guests, and the most well-liked by one of the guests. I enjoyed it. It is complex with a bit of heat from the alcohol and some harshness from the tannins, but it got more interesting and layered with repeated tastings. Some Dr. Pepper and cin... Read More

    Wine review by TJ Whelsky

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