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

  • Cristom Vineyards

    Cristom's founder and owner, Paul Gerrie, used his skills as an engineer and avid researcher to p...

  • Walnut City Wineworks

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

  • Willamette Valley Vineyards

    Founded in 1983 by Oregon native, Jim Bernau, with the dream of creating world-class Pinot Noir, ...

  • Carabella Vineyard

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

  • J. Christopher Wines

    J. Christopher Wines is a small winery located in Oregon's Northern Willamette Valley. Our win...

  • 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

  • Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir Estate 2013

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    Dusty and austere, this opens beautifully with loamy earth, dark ripe cherries and plum with some mushroom notes and violets. Big bright and bold on entry, and flush with life, this shows plenty of juicy cherry notes in the mouth, with nicely toasted edges and a hint of medicine, finishing just a touch tart and creamy. This is wonderfully restra... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Torii Mor Winery Pinot Gris Willamette Valley 2014

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    Soft and creamy notes of yeast and lemon with pleasant melon and butter on the nose. Medium bodied in the mouth, this carries some not so subtle notes of biscuit and Meyer lemon with pear and green apple as well. Loads of fruit and acidity, yet still a bit green throughout. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Penner-Ash Pinot Noir 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by ArchieBorealis


  • This one caught my eye. Not pinot noir, but gamay a la Loire via Oregon and Ian Cauble. Color me interested... Leah Jorgensen Cellars, Tour Rain, Red Blend Oregon 2014 Just when the same old stand-by classics prompt us to yawn in boredom, an interesting wine of such purity, personality and historic roots comes along to throttle our se... Read More

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  • Archery Summit Pinot Noir Red Hills Estate 2012

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    Great fruit, easy to drink with nice acidity. Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity


  • Teutonic Alsea Pinot Noir 2014

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    Fruit forward with high acidity and medium body. Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity


  • Roco 'Gravel Road' Pinot Noir 2013

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    Bright cherry flavors with balanced tannins and medium body. Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity


  • Raptor Ridge Pinot Noir 2013

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    Light cranberry notes with floral violet and tart cherry. Very zesty on entry with earthy structure and candied notes of watermelon and cherry. There are streaks of licorice throughout and strident acidity keeping up through to the finish which ends creamy. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Yeah vinOvinO, I bit too. An eclectic mix I think.Cabot Vineyards - Aged Zins ... Valley Cabernet Franc, 2013 Willamette Valley Gamay Noir Rosé Eola-Amity Hills, 2013 Willard Farms/Thistle Vineyard Washington/Oregon Pinot Noir/Gamay Noir, 2014 Rogue Valley Grenache Blanc/MarsanneCowan Cellars -  The Italians - 2ea 2012 Ribolla Gialla Russian R... Read More

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  • Left Coast Cellars Truffle Hill Chardonnay Willamette Valley 2013

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    Nicely full and rich on the nose with dried rice and rose petal aromas with a hint of cream. Soft and floral in the mouth, with sunflower seed and green apple notes with dried apricot and peach, and an autolytic hint of yeast on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


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