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

  • Willamette Valley Vineyards

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

  • Vidon Vineyard

    "A Boutique Winery on a Petite Vineyard" focusing on premium Estate Pinot Noirs but with small ...

  • Cristom Vineyards

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

  • Torii Mor Winery

    At Torii Mor, we strive to create premium quality, handcrafted wines that reflect the earthbou...

  • 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 ...

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Willamette Valley on Snooth

  • Hmm may be a better plan to visit the Gorge and Willamette valley.. Read More

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  • We moved to Napa in 2014 and have been slowly but purposefully visiting and ... and ... with winemakers in Willamette Valley.  Recent trips have been to Rogue Valley to check out that growing region.We also hit Italy, Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia this Fall and came away amazed by the quality of wines being made in the Balkans. Jo Read More

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  • Lemelson Vineyards Pinot Noir Thea's Selection 2014

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    Give it 3 hours to breathe Read More

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  • I think we need to visit Stags Leap the next time we get down to Napa Valley. ... (Walla Walla) and Oregon (Willamette Valley).  It might be a few years before we return to the San Francisco area, but we do love it there.Today I was much better.  We started out by heading into the district to attend an Opera at The Kennedy Center, but this tim... Read More

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  • Fullerton Five Faces Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2014

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    Expressive ripe cherry, tea leaf and cola aromas with mixed berry spice and floral violet notes along with some earthiness. Tart and flavorful, this provides excellent structure and is well balanced, with cool blueberry and black cherry fruit mixing with an herbal, earthy menthol and licorice note and finishing with good minerality and a pile of... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Cloudline Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2004

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    imported from danceforme but uncertain 3-3.5. Read More

    Wine review by salomogt


  • Resonance Pinot Noir Yamhill-Carlton District Domaine Jadot 2013

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    We really enjoyed this wine on my 51st birthday. Light flavorful and east drinking. Read More

    Wine review by socalgary


  • Welcome Ellen.  My wife Sandra and I enjoy the California reds, the Oregon ... ... some quality time in the Willamette Valley of Oregon earlier this year. &nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Well, our small dinner party turned into around a dozen people, mostly friends ... open from J. K. Carriere in Willamette Valley.  He selected a Domaine Serene, another one from Willamette Valley.  Both had a unique signature, and yes they were excellent.  We talked about wine and such, but more so about our recent trip to Cuba.  We had my web... Read More

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  • Fullerton Five Faces Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2014

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    Expressive ripe cherry, tea leaf and cola aromas with mixed berry spice and floral violet notes along with some earthiness. Tart and flavorful, this provides excellent structure and is well balanced, with cool blueberry and black cherry fruit mixing with an herbal, earthy menthol and licorice note and finishing with good minerality and a pile of... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


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