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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • McKinley Springs

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

  • Willamette Valley Vineyards

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

  • Gypsy Dancer Estates

    Gypsy Dancer Estates is a small Oregon Winery founded by Gary and Christine Andrus in 2002. The w...

  • Brick House Vineyards

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

  • Holloran Vineyards Wines

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

  • Carabella Vineyard

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

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Willamette Valley on Snooth

  • 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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  • Looking forward to your report, CU1!NG's recco about the craft beers on the Hotel Oregon roof is a good one. Nice change of pace and way to refresh a tired palate.... Read More

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  • Thanks to all of you for your guidance. I'll keep you posted on our adventure.BR, Carbonunit1 Read More

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  • Hey CBU1, nice to see a fellow North Carolinian on the site.  We're going to Portland in July and I've selected a number of wineries I'd like to visit.  We're staying in a VRBO in McMinnville and will do some day trips out into the valley.  I've done some research and found that there's a number of Wineries that have tasting rooms in the city, u... Read More

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  • J Christopher is in Newberg...  I have liked a few of their wines in the past as well.McMinnville is a great home base.  We enjoyed our meal on the roof top of the Hotel Oregon (Mcmenamin's hotel), although it is BEER centric here.  We brought our own wine.  you could ck on the corkage fee policy.  It is nice to look out over the town and countr... Read More

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  • Evesham Wood and Bethel Heights are nearby (relatively).. as is Stoller.  I do have to warn that I have not tasted the latest vintages from these wineries, but I have very, very much enjoyed their Pinots in the past.  Read More

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