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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  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • 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...

  • Gewürztraminer

    Gewürztraminer’s direct and obvious charm has made it a popular varietal in almost every corner of the wine world. Ex...

Popular Wineries in Willamette Valley View all

  • Cristom Vineyards

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

  • Anam Cara Cellars

    Each of our wines is created from the beautiful Nicholas Estate vineyard, located in Oregon's ...

  • Saginaw Vineyard

    Saginaw Vineyard is at the Southernmost tip of the Willamette Valley in a unique micro-climate cr...

  • St. Innocent Winery

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

  • J. Christopher Wines

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

  • Gypsy Dancer Estates

    Gypsy Dancer Estates is a small Oregon Winery founded by Gary and Christine Andrus in 2002. The w...

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Willamette Valley on Snooth

  • Domaine Drouhin Edition Rose of Pinot Noir 2013


    Really nice Rose of Pinot Noir from Domaine Drouhin. Crisp bright red cherry, a touch of melon, some not too ripe strawberry, a good hit of acidity and a medium finish. Last of all of our 2013 rose, good way to end the vintage. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Chehalem Ridgecrest Vineyards Ribbon Ridge Oregon Gruner Veltliner 2014


    Cream Soda, peach, bright acid, fresh cut grass, citrus, hints of lemon grass and sage. Really well balanced. Favorite vintage yet Read More

    Wine review by 240070anchca 240070 anchca

  • Anne Amie Cuvee a Muller Thurgau 2013


    Apricot jelly, peach gummy (overwhelming), slight spice, tangy, honeycomb and fruit leather and hints of soapiness. Read More

    Wine review by 240070anchca 240070 anchca

  • Johan Vineyards Gruner Veltliner "Estate" Willamette Valley 2013


    Lots of pepper and spice, ocean air, hints of citronella candles and a bit of petrol. Read More

    Wine review by 240070anchca 240070 anchca

  • Here's a web site I built from our trip in 2013 that started in San ... ... Napa, Anderson Valley and Willamette Valley, ending in Portland Oregon.  You might find a few good wineries from the 20+ we visite Read More

    Forum post in the topic Napa and Sonoma

  • Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir Whole Cluster Willamette Valley 2013


    I ventured this year into Pinot Noirs which I generally dislike with one strong exception. Pinot Noirs with a more bold taste. This one fits the category that I enjoy, it's not subtle, it actually has some crazy tastes going on. This one is a beautiful bomb. Most reviews speak of fruit salad in a bowl............I agree, this is fruit salad in a... Read More

    Wine review by jamessulis

  • I called Domaine Serene (Willamette Valley, Oregon) and canceled our wine club membership today.  They had sent the invoice for the spring shipment of six bottles, and just about 100 dollars was attributed to shipping / handling ($72) and tax ($25).  One hundred bucks to ship six bottles; the total bill was around $550.  The best I could do was ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines

  • I'm interested in that Pinot Blanc from the Willamette Valley.  JD, do you think it would mellow in the bottle after a few years? Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • Duck Pond Pinot Grigio Willamette Valley 2007


    Just had a glass of Duck Pond Pinot Grigio at a restaurant (Beach Café, Kirkland). It was undrinkable. Like tap water with a twist of lemon juice. Server had a new bottle opened which was fresher tasting but still insipidly thin and so dry as to be sour. Read More

    Wine review by willhargr

  • I really like the Amity Winery PN.  For the money, it's spot on. To my ... mind, a better value in the Willamette Valley than Dundee Hills or a lot of the other sub-apps.I'll start a thread about my day (Presidents' Day in Sonoma is a tradition here, for a hint), but putting the tastes behind me, for dinner I finished a 2011 Hendry Block 7 & 22... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

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