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 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...

  • 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

  • REX HILL

    REX HILL has been making elegant Pinot Noirs for over 30 years in the Willamette Valley. Now o...

  • Panther Creek Cellars

    Panther Creek wines are Oregon's most beautifully packaged and also the most concentrated and age...

  • Willamette Valley Vineyards

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

  • Pioneer Hopyard Vineyard

    Local wines with single vineyard distinction

  • Gypsy Dancer Estates

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

  • Torii Mor Winery

    At Torii Mor, we strive to create premium quality, handcrafted wines that reflect the earthbou...

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Willamette Valley on Snooth

  • Archery Summit Estate Pinot Noir 2014

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    Final pairing of the dinner at Savoy. Had this with Ahi Tuna and sauteed Mushrooms. Another terrific pairing. Opens with black and blue berries, bit of leather, oak, herbs, and dark, ripe Cherries. Nicely balanced tending toward the Herbs/Spice/Leather rather than Fruit. Excellent with plating. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • (Updated to add a couple pics)Another great day in the Willamette Valley!Nothing like starting the day (10 am) with a tasting appointment at Patricia Green.  Started off with a really good '15 Estate Sauv Blanc, more of the dried pineapple, lemon and lime profile, none of the grapefruit. We then moved on to five different pinots spanning three d... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wineries to visit in Newberg, OR


  • Cooper Hill Pinot Noir 2013

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    Had a sip of this on day two, which happened to be July 4, 2016. I will be looking for more of the same on my next trip to Chicago. Viva Oregon. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Left Coast Cellars Truffle Hill Chardonnay Willamette Valley 2015

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    Chunky melon, peach and lemon aromas with a lot of life and a hint of a sweet floral note coming through on the nose. In the mouth this is much softer, still showing peach and melon notes up front, with calm acidity. This is pleasantly approachable and finishes quite clean with a bit of apricot and lemon zest. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Penner-Ash makes some pretty good Pinot Noir, though not my favorite in the Willamette Valley.  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • I forgot to mention that last night we had a Gruner Veltliner from... North ... bottle of Cottonwood PN from Willamette Valley and I had a glass of that.  We had another adult, so we drank 1 1/2 bottles.If we win tonight, we'll be drinking a special wine made of a baby's tears.Honestly, the cheap step over moves (click the link, it's not the o... Read More

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  • Gran Moraine Pinot Noir Yamhill-Carlton 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by tjjm


  • Adelshiem Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2012

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    1st of the last flight (above $20). This why they rave about the 2012 vintage ... a small production cuvee. Willamette Valley minerality provides the foundation for the taut cherry and blueberry notes. There's a cacoa bitter chocolate note with medium tannins and acidity. This all builds to lengthy, mouthwatering finish. Paul 01 poin Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Adelshiem Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by khovey


  • Adelshiem Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2012

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    Wine review by khovey


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