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...

  • Pinot Blanc

    History of the grape: Pinot Blanc was first grown in Burgundy and Champagne, France, and can be traced by some source...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • 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

  • McKinley Springs

    We take great pride in tending to our 2000 acre estate vineyard, and strive to craft wines of exc...

  • J. Christopher Wines

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

  • Patton Valley Vineyard

    Patton Valley Vineyard is located on a hillside overlooking the beautiful Patton Valley, just ou...

  • Panther Creek Cellars

    Panther Creek wines are Oregon's most beautifully packaged and also the most concentrated and age...

  • Stangeland Vineyards and Winery

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

  • 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

  • Arborbrook Vineyards Sémillon Sydney Klipsun Vineyard 2011

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    Very tasty dessert wine made from Semillon. Apricot, honeysuckle, a bit of dried fig and dried pineapple. Nice, viscous mouthfeel but not overly sweet on the palate with a touch of acidity and a decent length finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Arborbrook Vineyards Guadalupe Vineyard Pinot Gris 2012

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    Outstanding Dundee Hills Pinot Gris. Lemon pith, lemon/lime cream, some tartness along with some smooth edges, nice acidity and a medium finish. Somewhat complex for a pinot gris with layers of citrus, rounded out by the barrel fermentation. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Vista Hills Pinot Gris Treehouse 2012

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    Sweet, nutty and candied on the nose witha fascnatinglycomplex array of fruit, berry, apple, lime, floral, savory/spicy and candied aromas. Sweet on entry and obviously so but in the mouth the acids here do a fine job of balancing the sweetness and while the explosion of aromas on the nose doesn't quite come across on the palate this does offer ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Willakenzie Pinot Gris Oregon 2013

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  • Willakenzie Pinot Gris Oregon 1996

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  • Carlton Cellars Roads End Pinot Noir 2010

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    This fantastic Pinot Noir is created using twelve, premium French oak barrels. With estate fruit from the Russell-Grooters Vineyard atop Savannah Ridge in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA, terroir, grape & oak tannins blend smoothly in this lush red wine. Read More

    Wine review by CarltonCellars


  • Cristom Viognier Eola Amity Hills Estate 2011

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    This Willamette Viognier was wonderfully crisp, with layered lemon chiffon, lemon/lime tart and fine acidity. This is just a great summer time quaff. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Antica Terra Chardonnay "Aurata" Oregon 2011

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    Very complex mineraly, yeasty, and subtle wood aromas greet the nose. Bright and light on entry which shows an attractive nuance of candied almond followed by a very clear core of fruit on the palate driven by bright acidity. Perhaps a bit lean, this is quite mineral driven in the mouth with tart orchard fruit and citrus accents that take on we... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Stoller Chardonnay Reserve Dundee Hills 2012

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    Ripe on the nose with almost honey tinged apple fruit, polleny floral notes, plenty of wood but not excessively toasty or spicy. This is very ripe, round. and fairly rich in the mouth with lovely acidity contributing brightness. There's fine textural essence on the midpalate here, firm with fine cut, then great length with perhaps a bit of heat ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Alexana Chardonnay 2012

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    40% in new FO for ten months Lovely nose shows leesy notes with a light but obvious oak note. Bright acids, gorgeous lively quality in the mouth, opens up on the midpalate with delicacy and freshness, then this turns a bit simple on the finish with green apple and some unripe peach notes, though there is nice acid drive on the moderately long f... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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