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...

  • 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...

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

  • Willamette Valley Vineyards

    Founded in 1983 by Oregon native, Jim Bernau, with the dream of creating world-class Pinot Noir, ...

  • Panther Creek Cellars

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

  • 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 ...

  • Evergreen Vineyards

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

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Willamette Valley on Snooth

  • O'Reilly Pinot Noir 2007


    perhaps it was due to just returning from a pinot tasting extravaganza in the Russian River Valley, but i felt this wine was overly simple. i realize oregon pinot, in general, is supposed to reflect a more old world style, but it seemed overly tannic, very little fruit came through (under-ripe cherry mostly). it's a bit young, and it mellowed ... Read More

    Wine review by talock

  • Domaine Drouhin Pinot Noir 2001


    No written review

    Wine review by montgj

  • Duck Pond Pinot Gris Oregon 2011


    The Duck Pond Pinot Gris 2006 is excellent, crisp apple...just what you want.The 2007 tastes like ether. Yuck. Read More

    Wine review by nunya b ness

  • Thistle Pinot Noir Dundee Hills 2004


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    Wine review by bro brummell

  • Hendricks Gin 2011


    I bought this "taste untasted" at a Costco in Selma, TX, just for the fact that it's from Scotland and loved the "carrier"! I FINALLY tasted it a couple of weeks ago and had a "EUREKA"! IT really is the best gin I've ever tasted and have even tasted all of the genevers from Holland while I was stationed in Belgium! I don't want to waste it on... Read More

    Wine review by einnal32

  • Belle Pente Riesling Willamette Valley 2005


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    Wine review by shanelle

  • Argyle Brut 2009


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    Wine review by notarose

  • Laurel Hood Pinot Noir Yamhill County 1994


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    Wine review by notarose

  • St. Innocent Pinot Noir Villages Cuvée 2005


    The 2005 St. Innocent Pinot Noir is good by by any measure but not great. It has all the desirable flavors plus a couple of undesirable ones like dirty soil. At this price point, one can easily have much better Pinot Noir Read More

    Wine review by Alexr79

  • Bethel Heights Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by RachelNYC

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