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

  • Montinore Estate

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

  • Belle Vallee Cellars

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

  • Witness Tree Vineyard

    Witness Tree Vineyard is a small producer of premium quality Pinot Noir and Chardonnay made entir...

  • Torii Mor Winery

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

  • Holloran Vineyards Wines

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

  • Saginaw Vineyard

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

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Willamette Valley on Snooth

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  • Next Pinot Noir Bottled By King Estate 2008

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    Must have for Thanksgiving! This is luscious, smooth and velvety. Lots of fruit. The only way I like it. Maybe a hint of spice. Read More

    Wine review by sbr1105


  • Penner-Ash Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2013

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    dark garnet red, yet clear. nose of cherry and plums. complex palate of chocolate and spices Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Roco Gravel Road Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2014

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    Tight savory notes of cranberry and soft cherry on the nose with hints of dark spice. This continues to be restrained and tart in the mouth with more cranberry and earthy cherry notes with sticky resinous streaks and a light creamy spice on the lengthy finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Anne Amie Vineyards Winemaker's Selection Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2014

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    Intriguing, lightly savory aromas of mineral earth frame the bright sweet fruit aromas of Bing cherries, strawberry and crushed flower petals. Cool blue fruit and zesty spice on the palate, this is smooth and true to form with buoyant cherry and mixed berry notes, tart acidity with red currant up front and a streak of raspberry preserves on the ... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Erath Willakia Vineyard Pinot Noir Eola-Amity Hills 2014

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    Darkly rich aromas of spiced cherry, red currant and blueberry with good minerality. This is restrained but elegant in the mouth, demonstrating a range of fruit - black cherry, mixed berry and bramble fruit with earthy notes of licorice bark, soft minerality and a candied chocolate cherry note towards the finish that ties up the palate nicely. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Montinore Estate Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2014

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    Cedar, strawberry and cherry aromas with wood shavings and soft floral spice. Nicely tart and fresh on the palate, excellent tannic structure and fruit notes of cranberry, strawberry and cherry alongside light spice and an approachable finish with the tannins and tart fruit lingering for a bit. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Elk Cove Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2014

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    Ripe cherry and mixed berry aromas with pleasant spice. Full of acidity on the palate with tart cherry and cranberry flavors, earthy tar coming through towards the finish and a zesty spice throughout that lifts the palate. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Love Oregon Pinot Noir 2014

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    Heady floral aromas with cinnamon spice and chalky trailhead dust settle down into fruit notes of black cherry, strawberry and sweetened dried cranberries. This is fresh and lively on the palate with spicy acidity and notes of red licorice, bramble fruit and an herbal note on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Broadley Vineyards Pinot Noir 2014

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    Dense red fruit aromas of dried red currant, cranberry and ripe cherry with clove and cedar spice. Cool and spicy in the mouth with more bold red fruit flavors dancing against full acidity and settling into a medicinal earth and deep cinnamon spice with more earth. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


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