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 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...

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Willamette Valley View all

  • J. Christopher Wines

    J. Christopher Wines is a small winery located in Oregon's Northern Willamette Valley. Our win...

  • Cardwell Hill Cellars

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

  • Argyle Winery

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

  • Evergreen Vineyards

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

  • Pioneer Hopyard Vineyard

    Local wines with single vineyard distinction

  • Cristom Vineyards

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

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Willamette Valley on Snooth

  • Bergstrom Chardonnay "Sigrid" Oregon 2011


    Very figgy nose with wood spice, dried fruit, dried herbal notes, and deep slightly compote and mineral accented fruit wrapped in a fine gauze of oak and corn husk. Broad and clear with great acids and nice brightness in the mouth, this shows lovely nuance on the palate with great fruit, lots of perfumy oak on the backend, green apple fruit, lo... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Bergstrom Chardonnay Sigrid 2012


    Subtle nose with nice oak shadings with hints of smoky oak along with a bit of dried fruit. Big wine, wow there's power here, great supporting acids, lovely texture with a bit of figgy richness on the backend of the palate with peachy and Asian pear fruit. This is showing fine length, elegant with a bit of wood sweetness, and a little bit of nut... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Brick House Chardonnay Cascadia 2010


    5% new wood Even more earthy and funky on the nose with aromas of peanuts layered with floral notes, lots of earthy, leathery funky notes, and dried orange peel. This is round and clear on the palate, delicate with some textural interest, good length, with some pebbles on the finish and a bit of apple fruit. Its a beautiful wine, ripe and delic... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Brick House Cascadia Chardonnay Willamette Valley 2011


    almost no new wood Funky lees notes lend an earthy cast to the unusually violet tinged nose. Very bright and precise in the mouth with hints of peachy fruit and dusty chalkiness. There are lots of subtle funky undertones here, with great freshness in the mouth, clean and long with brilliant fruit and fine minerality on the long, elegant and ref... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Brick House Cascadia Chardonnay Willamette Valley 2012


    Significantly more new wood A bit funky and decidedly mineral one the nose with white peppery and sweet oaks spice accenting the base of slightly white floral notes with tropical fruit peels. Elegant and broad in the mouth with some stuffing to it, but this is very soft on the plate considering the weight, though it turns clean, fresh, and preci... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Winderlea Chardonnay 2007


    Lovely waxy coconut tinged aromas greet the nose, along with hints of creamy green fruit, and a nice touch of floral perfume. Fairly oaky with hints of caramel on entry with good weight, fresh and transparent in style, if bit simple. theres a little toasty oak on the finish, along with more orangy acids as this wraps up in a simple, elegant fin... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Sineann Pinot Noir Oregon 2010


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    Wine review by Naldonian

  • Willakenzie Estate Pinot Blanc 2012


    Really nice Willamette Pinot Blanc. Tart lemon chiffon with a touch of creaminess, nice acidity and a medium finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Willakenzie Estate Pinot Blanc 2012


    Certified Sustainable Lightly aromatic with hints of apple cores and lime zest on the nose along with some note of talc. Light, elegant and fresh in the mouth. This is a rather delicate wine that glides across the palate with subtle melon, tangerine and almond flavors culminating in a big, bold finish that shows some heat along with intense peac... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • The Eyrie Vineyards Pinot Blanc Dundee Hills Oregon 2011


    Soil driven on the nose with a minty herbal edge to the unripe honeydew, fennel, and dried citrus peel aromas. tense and taut on entry with terrific acidity unfurling on the palate along with layered flavors of dusty earth, unripe pear and green apple flavors. This has a touch of tannin to it adding another layer of textural interest in the mout... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

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