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

  • Belle Vallee Cellars

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

  • Château Benoit

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

  • Saginaw Vineyard

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

  • Witness Tree Vineyard

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

  • Carabella Vineyard

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

  • McKinley Springs

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

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Willamette Valley on Snooth

  • OK TOPOCHINESVINO--what are your hidden gems in Willamette Valley? Read More

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  • Willamette Valley Vineyards Estate Chardonnay Willamette Valley 2014

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    Light toast and white peach aromas with a floral note showing amidst fresh apple and tea leaf. This is round and firm in the mouth, soft and powdery and light on its feet, with a touch of lemon coming through towards the finish with the tea leaf returning amidst oaky vanilla notes. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Willamette Valley for sure....!!!  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Vancouver, WA


  • If you want to visit the Willamette Valley, check out our visit in 2016. We will again visit this area in March 2017.  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Vancouver, WA


  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Lemelson Vineyards Pinot Noir Thea's Selection 2014

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    Give it 3 hours to breathe Read More

    Wine review by Winosaur


  • 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


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