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...

  • 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

  • Gypsy Dancer Estates

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

  • Cloudline Cellars

    Cloudline Cellars represents a first for Dreyfus, Ashby—our own wine. Given our love for Pino...

  • Domaine Serene

    Domaine Serene, named after Ken and Grace Evenstad’s daughter, Serene, has been named one of Or...

  • McKinley Springs

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

  • Château Benoit

    When Dr. Robert Pamplin, one of Oregon’s most forward-thinking philanthropists and businessmen, p...

  • Belle Vallee Cellars

    Belle Vallée (Beautiful Valley) Cellars is located in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. Nestled b...

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Willamette Valley on 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


  • Sokol Blosser Evolution Sparkling NV

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    Lightly nutty, honeyed aromas of green apple and peach. Fresh and lively palate with zesty citrus notes of tangerine, grapefruit and lemon with some stone fruit coming through as well, soft mousse and bright acidity make for a fun, easy drinking selection Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Duckpond Pinot Noir

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    Great flavor. Very well balanced and not jammy at all. Excellent for the price point. Read More

    Wine review by sld1991


  • Sorry that your big party had to be cut back due to the inclement weather RC. ... K. Carrier Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley in Oregon.  I can finally rest a bit now as we settle into normal weekly activities again.  &nbs Read More

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  • Stoller Vineyards Dundee Hills Pinot Noir 2015

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    Had at Dearborn in Chicago Read More

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  • Willamette Valley Vineyards Whole Cluster Fermented Pinot Noir 2015

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    Very friuty to the point of being sweet. It has balancing acidity and an almost tanninless finish. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • James, I've found the A to Z and King Estate pinots aren't half bad for ... tasted fairly extensively in Willamette Valley. Looking at my spreadsheet, my purchases from the wineries we visited pretty much start at the $25 mark and climb to $8 Read More

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  • I'm a little late to the thread Lefty and I'm not sure what style you ... you like but you need to try Willamette Valley Vineyards Whole Cluster at $19.97 at Total Wines and La Crema Sonoma County. I've been down the same road recently.  Those are my favorites but the search continues so let us know where you lan Read More

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  • I'm thinking you need to try some Pinot Noir wines from Oregon, EM.  I ... I don't like from the Willamette Valley of Oregon. Sandra and I both had our annual physicals and came through quite well.  They have been watching my blood pressure going up a bit over the last few years and on this day the machine said I was 140 / 80.  The doctor took ... Read More

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