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

  • Brooks

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

  • Adea Wine Company

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

  • Cristom Vineyards

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

  • Walnut City Wineworks

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

  • St. Innocent Winery

    Mark Vlossak's training as a winemaker began when he was a young man and tasted wines daily with ...

  • Gypsy Dancer Estates

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

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Willamette Valley on Snooth

  • Roco Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2012

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    Bouquet, taste, finish were all fair. Nothing special. $29.99 at starrs Read More

    Wine review by tjjm


  • Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Gris 2014

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    Fresh lemon with bright honeydew melon notes on the nose with a touch of citrus peel. Bright green fruits wash over the palate with a lime twist. All this buttressed by exceptional acidity. Steely and clean on the finish. 90 pts. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir Bernau Block 2012

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    Intriguing, pleasantly herbal on the nose with notes of tomato leaf and oregano in front of black cherry and black pepper. Cheerful and elegant in the mouth, showcasing tart cherry and licorice notes with floral notes of violet and a zesty finish that comes with a touch of cola and excellent structure. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir Estate 2013

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    Dusty and austere, this opens beautifully with loamy earth, dark ripe cherries and plum with some mushroom notes and violets. Big bright and bold on entry, and flush with life, this shows plenty of juicy cherry notes in the mouth, with nicely toasted edges and a hint of medicine, finishing just a touch tart and creamy. This is wonderfully restra... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Torii Mor Winery Pinot Gris Willamette Valley 2014

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    Soft and creamy notes of yeast and lemon with pleasant melon and butter on the nose. Medium bodied in the mouth, this carries some not so subtle notes of biscuit and Meyer lemon with pear and green apple as well. Loads of fruit and acidity, yet still a bit green throughout. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Penner-Ash Pinot Noir 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by ArchieBorealis


  • This one caught my eye. Not pinot noir, but gamay a la Loire via Oregon and Ian Cauble. Color me interested... Leah Jorgensen Cellars, Tour Rain, Red Blend Oregon 2014 Just when the same old stand-by classics prompt us to yawn in boredom, an interesting wine of such purity, personality and historic roots comes along to throttle our se... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Archery Summit Pinot Noir Red Hills Estate 2012

    Snoothrank:

    Great fruit, easy to drink with nice acidity. Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity


  • Teutonic Alsea Pinot Noir 2014

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    Fruit forward with high acidity and medium body. Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity


  • Roco 'Gravel Road' Pinot Noir 2013

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    Bright cherry flavors with balanced tannins and medium body. Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity


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