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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  • 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

  • Stone Wolf Vineyards

    Stone Wolf has been producing wines of quality and flair since 1998. At what is now a memorable p...

  • Belle Vallee Cellars

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

  • Brooks

    Brooks is a small producer making handcrafted rieslings and pinot noirs in the Willamette Valley ...

  • Walnut City Wineworks

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

  • Brick House Vineyards

    Once you have faced the challenge of finding a site for a new vineyard, you never look at a hi...

  • 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

  • Vino, I've been extolling Soter on these boards this whole decade. Good ... source for Pinot Noir in the Willamette Valley's Dundee Hills AVA. The rest of her fruit comes from the certified biodynamic Momtazi Vineyard in the McMinnville AVA. Last year, when Kelley visited Chambers Street, we had the pleasure of tasting her 2011 and 2012 single... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Oregon Pinot - Kelley Fox Wines

  • These are definitely some of the best wines we own - meaning our collection of ... ... Oregon Pinot Noirs from Willamette Valley though. Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?

  • I already posted our 'tasting notes' in response to your same question ... comparable to other high end Willamette Valley Pinots.  Her wines surpassed at least three of the seven wineries we tasted at on this trip, but I thought two wineries really stood out - Youngberg Hill and Soter.  Domain Drouhin was right up there too.  We plan to order ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Oregon Pinot - Kelley Fox Wines

  • I know you guys and gals have been waiting patiently for pictures of our recent ... of our recent trip to the Willamette Valley, and my web page is finally complete.  Let me know how you like it and most importantly, check out our visit with Kelly Fox. &nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Oregon Pinot - Kelley Fox Wines

  • That silly cat does not yet understand the joy of a good cab.  I'm ... Oregon tasting wine in the Willamette Valley.  It was nice weather though so after about 5.5 miles of walking around the Tidal Basin, we ended up at one of our favorite restaurants - Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak and Stonecrab for a late lunch.  As you can see below, we didn't... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines

  • Last night was a good time and I'll consider it part of the weekend so ... ... Teutonic, Borgo Pass, 2014 Willamette Valley, Oregon; and Statti, 2014 Calabria, Italy.  Those are on the red wine by glass listing, also shown below.  The grapes are Lagrein, Pinot Meunier and Gaglioppo.  I've never heard of those prior to last night.  I started wi... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines

  • Left Coast Cellars White Pinot Noir 2014


    Fresh aromas of strawberry, pear and faint floral. On the palate this sipper is crisp with bright notes of green apple, strawberry, and tart lime. The finish lingers nicely and is mildly herbaceous with a glimmer of mineral and spice.Okay let's keep an open mind. It's time to start exploring wines to enjoy during the warmer weather. This one was... Read More

    Wine review by ThirstyWineWriter

  • RBA, you're going to enjoy Willamette Valley,  have you been before?  You're going to find that Drouhin Pinot for about 1/3 to 1/4 of the restaurant price. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines

  • 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

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