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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  • 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 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...

Popular Wineries in Willamette Valley View all

  • Evergreen Vineyards

    OUR STORY: In 1989 we started our foray into the wine industry by purchasing a Pinot Noir vine...

  • Carabella Vineyard

    All Carabella wines are sourced from our 58 acre site in Oregon's Chehalem Mountains. We produce ...

  • Montinore Estate

    Montinore Estate is a family owned and operated winery in the northern Willamette Valley that ...

  • 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 our Nicholas Estate vineyard, located in Oregon's Chehalem Moun...

  • Adea Wine Company

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

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Willamette Valley on Snooth

  • OT - That's a nice bottle of Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs; I would put it up ... up ... Pinot Noir also from Willamette Valley in Oregon.  Sandra thinks this one is a bit more complex and slightly less fruity.  I find general agreement with her, but I also think it's slightly more tannic, leaving a dryness on my tongue.  We love the Pinot Noir'... Read More

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  •  i'm a regular pinot and cab drinker mainly oregon some ... and soter ... ... and soter wineries in willamette valley and corison and laurel glen in napa are some i keep on hand. i drink a lot of italian and spanish wines of all sorts; i like priorat, reds and whites from lake garda and earthy wines from basilicata. i dont much care where it ... Read More

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  • Now that it's Sunday afternoon and my big chores are done (like washing ... Noir from Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley Oregon.  I believe we picked this up at Cheesetique in Alexandria (Del Rey area) Virginia, when the winery owner  was sampling them at a cheese & wine class.  He signed this bottle too.  Should I save the empty bottl Read More

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  • Cristom Pinot Noir Sommers Reserve Willamette Valley 2010


    Bright, crisp red and black cherries, a touch of red grapefruit on the nose and palate, bracing acidity and a medium to long finish. This is what Willamette pinot is about - getting you as close to Burgundy as possible without leaving the States. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • King Estate Winery Acrobat Pinot Gris By King Estate 2009


    No written review

    Wine review by schelly

  • Thanks for all the suggestions - and the reference for a wine to be a weekend ... the Pinot's from Oregon (Willamette Valley Read More

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  • Hello Everyone, I'm getting married on 7/5 and need to choose a white ... ... Cloudline Pinot Noir - Willamette Valley, Oregon – $40/bottle &nbs Read More

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  • Revana Family Vineyard Pinot Noir Alexana 2009


    No written review

    Wine review by 453542Mr Dolce 453542 Mr Dolce

  • Bergstrom Pinot Noir "Cumberland Reserve" Oregon 2012


    Excellent Willamette Pinot. Almost worth the price! Read More

    Wine review by arongman

  • Chehalem Pinot Noir Ribbon Ridge Ridgecrest 2009


    No written review

    Wine review by 240070anchca 240070 anchca

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