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

  • Willamette Valley Vineyards

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

  • St. Innocent Winery

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

  • Cristom Vineyards

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

  • Witness Tree Vineyard

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

  • J. Christopher Wines

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

  • Walnut City Wineworks

    Walnut City WineWorks winemakers understand and appreciate the allure, nuances and vitality of Pi...

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Willamette Valley on Snooth

  • The Four Graces Pinot Noir Dundee Hills Reserve 2008

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    Excellent Pinot for the price Read More

    Wine review by Willard Cook


  • Gina, welcome to the Snooth wine forum.  Can I recommend you select a ... select a Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley in Oregon?  These are similar to the Pinot Noir found in Burgundy, Franc Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Patricia Green Cellars Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir Ribbon Ridge 2014

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    Light on the nose and medium light weight. Sour cherries and light tannin with an extended finish. Very easy to drink and great with food. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Resonance Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2015

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    #75 of the 2017 Wine Spectator Top 100.My Son is 10 Months. Read More

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • Bethel Heights Estate Pinot Noir 2014

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    Binny's 11/17. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Patton Valley Vineyard Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2014

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    Binny's 11/17. Tasty. Sipped at an Arise meeting. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Vintjs Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2016

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    Confused about this Pinot... it's a battle between bolt red fruits and greens. Can't tell who wins here but, surprisingly, this composition is very exciting and nice. Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • 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

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


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