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

  • 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

  • Brooks

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

  • St. Innocent Winery

    Mark Vlossak's training as a winemaker began when he was a young man and tasted wines daily with ...

  • Montinore Estate

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

  • Stangeland Vineyards and Winery

    2500 case winery specializing in Pinot Noir of the Willamette Valley and Eola-Amity Hills AVA. Al...

  • Willamette Valley Vineyards

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

  • Stone Wolf Vineyards

    Stone Wolf has been producing wines of quality and flair since 1998. At what is now a memorable p...

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Willamette Valley on Snooth

  • So basically LP didn't like that wine.  "Muddy meh flavors" ... say that the Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley in Oregon is better.  These Pinot Noir grapes came from Napa Valley, but they won't say which winer Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Also looking good was this earlier circular from Chambers Street. Oregon ... 2014 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir Abbey Ridge The Abbey Ridge vineyard was planted by Bill and Julia Wayne, who are partners at Cameron winery. It’s dry-farmed, with a rotating system of cover crops used to maintain moisture, and only organic treatments used in the vin... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Good pinot noir in the $30...


  • This offer from Ian Cauble looks worth trying:  ATA RANGI, ... that ... ... that Oregon’s Willamette Valley delivers the best value-for-dollar Pinots on the planet, and while I’m not ready to amend that just yet, Ata Rangi and a few other top producers have put Martinborough very much on my radar. Hinting at both Burgundy and Oregon while mai... Read More

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  • Firesteed Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2014

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    Light bodied with a little red fruit and lots of acidity. Pretty wine but not much enjoyment. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • RC - Nice that you were able to help out neighbors in time of need.  There ... ... from J. K. Carriere in Willamette Valley this afternoon; these are Pinot Noir of course.  They will go promptly to Sandra's wine racks before I can open on Read More

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  • Well, this Pinot is closer to $42 a bottle.  A most excellent example of the Willamette Valley Oregon Pinot Noir however.  Highly recommended.  I opened this one for Sandra tonight after we watched the grand kids for three hours.  I had a small glass and loved it. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Ever-Changing Value Wines -...


  • Dancin Vineyards Pinot Noir 'Ballerina' 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • First - A clarification, I'm pretty picky about my pinot's because I'm not a fan of the light thready style of wine, in any variety.  That said I've taught myself to be fair with all styles and when I review or comment on a wine I put my own personal preferences aside.So currently my recommendations would be this:The 2014 Knez Anderson Valley - ... Read More

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  • Yamhill Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir Reserve 2014

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    Tomato leaf and cranberry aromas with black cherry and mineral tar notes that are smoky and savory. Palate is red fruited, candied and medium light in body with a medicinal backbone and a touch of flower petals on the mid palate. Finishes tarry and smoky with a cherry cola sweetness. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • La Crema Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2015

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    No written review

    Wine review by Marlowes


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