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

  • Willamette Valley Vineyards

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

  • Cristom Vineyards

    Cristom's founder and owner, Paul Gerrie, used his skills as an engineer and avid researcher to p...

  • Torii Mor Winery

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

  • Witness Tree Vineyard

    Witness Tree Vineyard is a small producer of premium quality Pinot Noir and Chardonnay made entir...


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

  • Argyle Winery

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

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Willamette Valley on Snooth

  • Left Coast Cellars White Pinot Noir 2014


    Fresh aromas of strawberry, pear and faint floral. On the palate this sipper is crisp with bright notes of green apple, strawberry, and tart lime. The finish lingers nicely and is mildly herbaceous with a glimmer of mineral and spice.Okay let's keep an open mind. It's time to start exploring wines to enjoy during the warmer weather. This one was... Read More

    Wine review by ThirstyWineWriter

  • RBA, you're going to enjoy Willamette Valley,  have you been before?  You're going to find that Drouhin Pinot for about 1/3 to 1/4 of the restaurant price. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines

  • V V - Yes, we visited the Willamette Valley back in 2013, on our second trip to the great mecca of Napa.  The first visit was in 2012 but we didn't get very far up the coast as time was more limited.  We still belong to the wine club of J. K. Carriere in Willamette Valley. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines

  • OT - I'd rather you enjoy that bottle in the proper glass with perhaps a ... one from Domaine Drouhin in Willamette Valley?  We plan on going there next weekend.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines

  • Fiddle Creek Cellars Willamette Valley Pinot Gris 2013


    Would buy again. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • Ponzi Tavola Pinot Noir 2014


    Lovely candied raspberry aromas with deep rich black cherry and violet notes. A touch herbal on entry, with elegant and soft fresh cherry fruit and notes of licorice. Very approachable and easy drinking, with soft tannins and nice balance, and a touch of baking spice on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Hi everyone-Though I have lived in Oregon for the past 27 years, I started this ... a full-time winemaker in the Willamette Valley since 2000. Sixteen years as winemaker here. Now I producing over 2000 cases annually, and the wines are distributed in Paris, London, Germany, New York, Chicago, Seattle, Idaho, Wyoming, the Miami area, and soon, i... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Oregon Pinot - Kelley Fox Wines

  • Panther Creek Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir Panther Creek Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir


    No written review

    Wine review by sharonkay24

  • Roco Pinot Noir Will Val 2011


    No written review

    Wine review by gmb468

  • Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir Whole Cluster 2014


    Light cherry aromas with soft notes of cinnamon. Bright and juicy in the mouth, with tons of fresh acidity, ripe red fruit flavors of cranberry and black cherry and raspberry. Finishes clean and light with some blueberry notes and tart fruit. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

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