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

  • Argyle Winery

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

  • Adea Wine Company

    The Fisher family was introduced to the wine industry on arriving in Yamhill County in 1984. Dean...

  • EIEIO

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

  • REX HILL

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

  • 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 ...

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Willamette Valley on Snooth

  • Really enjoyed this Patricia Green Suav Blanc from Ribbon Ridge (Willamette Valley).  Crisp, citrus, more lemon than grapefruit and a nice clean, acidic finish, just right on a hot NC afternoon.  Purchased this at the winery just short of a year ago. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Rascal Pinot Noir 2015

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    Running a bit hot, but just a bit. Nice pinot. Typical of the varietal. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Yamhill Valley Vineyards Pinot Gris 2015

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    Light, fruity aromas of peach and green apple with an oat straw note adding a bit of creaminess. White peach, tart apple and pear on the palate, a zesty mid palate and a cool breezy finish, this is fruit forward, flavorful and refreshing. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Stephen, we opened up this Yarra Valley pinot tonight. This has loads of ripe ... ... body than your normal Willamette Valley offering.  Drinking quite nicely at a very reasonable price point of around $2 Read More

    Forum post in the topic Aussie Wine in the US


  • Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir Whole Cluster 2015

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    well, it's an excellent wine of cause but what surprised me the most - is a light aroma of cotton and wildflowers and that you can catch for a first few seconds! Then it vanishes leaving nice dried dark berries nose. Taste is juicy, silky, minty, fresh berries and dried fruit. leaves a "90% chocolate" bar on a tongue. Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • Ponzi Vineyards Pinot Noir Tavola Willamette Valley 2015

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    A bit muted on opening but opened by the second day. Cherry and cinnamon on the nose turning to sour cherry in the mouth with light tannins on the finish. Fruit turned darker the second day. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Brooks Riesling Bois Joli Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills 2015

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    Lightly savory aromas with light lemon fruit and a mineral edge. Presents a smooth and elegant off-dry palate of sweet spice and tangerine notes, a burst of acidity through the full bodied mid palate that leaves a tingling sensation behind with melon and papaya notes and a creamy memory. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Brooks Riesling Willamette Valley 2015

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    Plush and plump apricot and green apple aromas with floral hints and gentle oily Riesling aromatics. Freshly acidic on the palate, almost surprisingly so on entry with peach pear and mango fruit playing through the mid palate with lemon zest and a candied character towards the slightly nutty finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Alexana Pinot Noir Revana Vineyard 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by G D P


  • We are renting a car of course, so I'll do most of the driving. ... at ... ... at Soter Vineyards in Willamette Valley.  We visited this winery last year and we probably should have joined their wine club.  Perhaps this yea Read More

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