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 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...

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Willamette Valley View all

  • Willamette Valley Vineyards

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

  • Argyle Winery

    Prospecting the New World's coolest latitudes, Brian Croser and Rollin Soles staked a claim in...

  • Patton Valley Vineyard

    Patton Valley Vineyard is located on a hillside overlooking the beautiful Patton Valley, just ou...

  • Walnut City Wineworks

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

  • Cristom Vineyards

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

  • Domaine Serene

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

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Willamette Valley on Snooth

  • Mouton Noir Love Drunk Rose 2013


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    Wine review by Derek25

  • We found the Pinots from Oregon (Willamette Valley) were some of the best we've ever tasted, although the Pinots from Sonoma are certainly right up there in taste.  However, my favorite Pinot Noir was from Anderson Valley, and it wasn't GoldenEye.  It was from the Roederer Estate - a winery known for making sparklers.  We can't find any of their... Read More

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  • "...and a boat load of rose' and rose' sparkling, of course."I like Soter's rose sparkling. Have served it several Thanksgivings, though all out at moment and pretty hard to get over in Tokyo...Good hard cider all over California, even down south, if you know where to look for it. Read More

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  • Thank you for the Albarino/Pierce V. reco (the terroir looks very interesting there)...huge fan of Albarino! That and Gruner Veltliner are 2 of my summertime faves...well, and a boat load of rose' and rose' sparkling, of course. Like you, I'm also a fan of wines from the Sonoma area...and wow, I just tried three hard cider beauties from Sonoma C... Read More

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  • Oy.. Julia.. funny thing.  When I started on Snooth back in 2009, I was into Napa Cabs  (I still appreciate them!)  But I am now truly Sonomagirl!  I love pinot... sonoma coast for the most part, russian river, etc.  I also love Rhone varietals...   Mourvedre, Cinsault,  other red or white blends..  I drink rose, many white blends, syrahs that l... Read More

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  • Julia Crowley,  Thanks for the update on Stoller, Bethel Heights and Evesham Wood.  Great to hear they are still "stellar", and love the info on vintage!  Thanks... Read More

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  • Also CU...if and when you get to Napa, a good AVA to explore there is Howell Mountain. Read More

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  • You're welcome Napagirl! If I ever make it to Napa, will you tell me the can't misses? I know Craig Camp of Cornerstone, so that's high on my list. Others include Elyse, Rocca and Sequoia Grove...that's all I can think of right now, but I know there are others.  Read More

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  • NAPAGIRL68: I've tasted recent vintages of Stoller, Bethel Heights and ... ... ... an EPIC year here in the Willamette Valley. But me? I love the '11s with their zippy, zesty acidity.Stoller has one of the most beautiful tasting rooms in the Valley and is not far from McMinnville, and if Carbonunit1 heads out in their direction, Durant Vineyar... Read More

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  • There are so many incredible wineries to visit in McMinnville; especially, ... ... ... Wine Company and Willamette Valley Vineyards have tasting rooms in downtown McMinnville, on the same street as McMenamin's Hotel Oregon, where they pour their own wine on, yes, their totally awesome roof top bar.Youngberg Hill (read my Snooth article: "Youn... Read More

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