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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Popular wines made in Willamette Valley under $20

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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

  • REX HILL

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

  • Vidon Vineyard

    "A Boutique Winery on a Petite Vineyard" focusing on premium Estate Pinot Noirs but with small ...

  • Adea Wine Company

    The Fisher family was introduced to the wine industry on arriving in Yamhill County in 1984. Dean...

  • Evergreen Vineyards

    OUR STORY: In 1989 we started our foray into the wine industry by purchasing a Pinot Noir vine...

  • Willamette Valley Vineyards

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

  • 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

  • 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


  • Raptor Ridge Pinot Gris 2014

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    Light and nutty aromas of toasted almond with hints of lemon on the nose. In the mouth this is rich and round, with soft buttery lemon flavors, chamomile flowers and a buoyant acidity. Carries a pleasant melon and peach flavor through to the finish which is creamy and warm with a burst of lemon zest. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • My problem is that I'm now used to drinking the mid-range wines, as in $50 ... bottles I've had from Willamette Valley (Oregon), Anderson Valley (California) or even Burgundy (France).  I don't like sweet wines for the most part, although a dessert wine is a different matter.  That Toschi Pinot Noir was another one that didn't taste like a rea... Read More

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  • MrWino, one thing you need to keep in context here is the thread is titled ... ... makes Rascal Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley for under $10 and I could drink that every da Read More

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  • Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir Dundee Hills Laurène 2010

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    Drouhin Laurene 2011 is one of only two Oregon Pinots on Benu's wine list. Read More

    Wine review by alm mtw


  • A To Z Oregon Pinot Noir 2013

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    Fairly fruity with good acidity and a bit of a tannic bite. Very drinkable. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Very good list.Chateau St Michelle and Columbia Crest are sister wineries, CC a ... quality for the price. That Willamette Valley PN is one of the few that I would ever buy - it's actually pretty good but it's vintage-specific so if you don't like one, you can look for a different vintage. It can run up to $20 but when it's on sale at the super... Read More

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  • Red, sorry to hear about that harrowing adventure to Total Wine, the insanity ... Cabernet SauvignonMartin RayWillamette Valley Vineyards Pinot NoirRocca Felice Barbera d'Alba Superiore Famiglia LanzavecchiaQuinta de Ventozelo Douro Quinta de Ventozelo Reserva&nbs Read More

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  • Winter's Hill Estate Dundee Hills Pinot Gris 2013

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    Wine review by ncsuzta


  • Winter's Hill Estate Dundee Hills Pinot Gris 2013

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    Vanilla, green apple and pear aromas with a bit of minerality. In the mouth it's quite tart with Meyer lemon, grapefruit, and peach leading the charge and a touch of fresh green apple and pear finally finishing with a bit of an herbal note and a touch of cream.3/5 Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


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