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

  • Pinot Blanc

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

  • Gewürztraminer

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Chardonnay

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

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...

  • Walnut City Wineworks

    Walnut City WineWorks winemakers understand and appreciate the allure, nuances and vitality of Pi...

  • Holloran Vineyards Wines

    HVW produces small quantities of hand crafted wine from premium vineyard sites in Oregon's Willam...

  • McKinley Springs

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

  • Domaine Serene

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

  • Panther Creek Cellars

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

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Willamette Valley on Snooth

  • V V - Yes, we visited the Willamette Valley back in 2013, on our second trip to the great mecca of Napa.  The first visit was in 2012 but we didn't get very far up the coast as time was more limited.  We still belong to the wine club of J. K. Carriere in Willamette Valley. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • OT - I'd rather you enjoy that bottle in the proper glass with perhaps a ... one from Domaine Drouhin in Willamette Valley?  We plan on going there next weekend.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Fiddle Creek Cellars Willamette Valley Pinot Gris 2013

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    Would buy again. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Ponzi Tavola Pinot Noir 2014

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    Lovely candied raspberry aromas with deep rich black cherry and violet notes. A touch herbal on entry, with elegant and soft fresh cherry fruit and notes of licorice. Very approachable and easy drinking, with soft tannins and nice balance, and a touch of baking spice on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Hi everyone-Though I have lived in Oregon for the past 27 years, I started this ... a full-time winemaker in the Willamette Valley since 2000. Sixteen years as winemaker here. Now I producing over 2000 cases annually, and the wines are distributed in Paris, London, Germany, New York, Chicago, Seattle, Idaho, Wyoming, the Miami area, and soon, i... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Oregon Pinot - Kelley Fox Wines


  • Panther Creek Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir Panther Creek Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir

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    No written review

    Wine review by sharonkay24


  • Roco Pinot Noir Will Val 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by gmb468


  • Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir Whole Cluster 2014

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    Light cherry aromas with soft notes of cinnamon. Bright and juicy in the mouth, with tons of fresh acidity, ripe red fruit flavors of cranberry and black cherry and raspberry. Finishes clean and light with some blueberry notes and tart fruit. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Evolution 19th Edition

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    Sokol Blosser is known for its Dundee OR Pinot Noir, but the blends are fantastic values. This white has a panoply of white varieties such as Muller-Thurgau, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer and a host of others. The flavour tends to pear, peach and lychee - possibly suggestive of a goodly portion of Gewurztraminer. Fun stuff and good value. 87 po... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Gran Moraine Pinot Noir Yamhill-Carlton 2013

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    Delicate violet and ripe black cherry aromas are bold and fresh on the nose. This is focussed and tight in the mouth, with cherry notes that open up well providing nice acidity and precise balance from the structure here. A nice range of flavors here with cherry, cocoa and violet mingling with some licorice and vanilla on the finish.90 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


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