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...

  • Pinot Blanc

    History of the grape: Pinot Blanc was first grown in Burgundy and Champagne, France, and can be traced by some source...

  • 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

  • Willamette Valley Vineyards

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

  • Cardwell Hill Cellars

    Along the southernmost slope of Cardwell Hill, the vineyard encompasses a total of 57 acres. Thi...

  • Brick House Vineyards

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

  • Adea Wine Company

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


    At EIEIO & Company we make the best possible wine we can without compromise. To date, this is a ...

  • 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

  • Willakenzie Pinot Gris Oregon 1996


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    Wine review by 240070anchca 240070 anchca

  • Carlton Cellars Pinot Noir Roads End 2010


    This fantastic Pinot Noir is created using twelve, premium French oak barrels. With estate fruit from the Russell-Grooters Vineyard atop Savannah Ridge in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA, terroir, grape & oak tannins blend smoothly in this lush red wine. Read More

    Wine review by CarltonCellars

  • Cristom Viognier Eola Amity Hills Estate 2011


    This Willamette Viognier was wonderfully crisp, with layered lemon chiffon, lemon/lime tart and fine acidity. This is just a great summer time quaff. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Antica Terra Chardonnay "Aurata" Oregon 2011


    Very complex mineraly, yeasty, and subtle wood aromas greet the nose. Bright and light on entry which shows an attractive nuance of candied almond followed by a very clear core of fruit on the palate driven by bright acidity. Perhaps a bit lean, this is quite mineral driven in the mouth with tart orchard fruit and citrus accents that take on we... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Stoller Chardonnay Reserve Dundee Hills 2012


    Ripe on the nose with almost honey tinged apple fruit, polleny floral notes, plenty of wood but not excessively toasty or spicy. This is very ripe, round. and fairly rich in the mouth with lovely acidity contributing brightness. There's fine textural essence on the midpalate here, firm with fine cut, then great length with perhaps a bit of heat ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Alexana Chardonnay 2012


    40% in new FO for ten months Lovely nose shows leesy notes with a light but obvious oak note. Bright acids, gorgeous lively quality in the mouth, opens up on the midpalate with delicacy and freshness, then this turns a bit simple on the finish with green apple and some unripe peach notes, though there is nice acid drive on the moderately long f... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Bergstrom Chardonnay Sigrid 2007


    out of magnum Tight and stony on the nose with hints of corn and white pepper, along with background notes of smoke, dried earth and dried pear and peach fruit. Remarkably fresh it mouth, delicate and detailed with lovely golden raspberry fruit early on the palate. This is texturally seamless,with lovely length on the detailed, almost flinty sul... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Bergstrom Chardonnay "Sigrid" Oregon 2011


    Very figgy nose with wood spice, dried fruit, dried herbal notes, and deep slightly compote and mineral accented fruit wrapped in a fine gauze of oak and corn husk. Broad and clear with great acids and nice brightness in the mouth, this shows lovely nuance on the palate with great fruit, lots of perfumy oak on the backend, green apple fruit, lo... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Bergstrom Chardonnay Sigrid 2012


    Subtle nose with nice oak shadings with hints of smoky oak along with a bit of dried fruit. Big wine, wow there's power here, great supporting acids, lovely texture with a bit of figgy richness on the backend of the palate with peachy and Asian pear fruit. This is showing fine length, elegant with a bit of wood sweetness, and a little bit of nut... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Brick House Chardonnay Cascadia 2010


    5% new wood Even more earthy and funky on the nose with aromas of peanuts layered with floral notes, lots of earthy, leathery funky notes, and dried orange peel. This is round and clear on the palate, delicate with some textural interest, good length, with some pebbles on the finish and a bit of apple fruit. Its a beautiful wine, ripe and delic... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

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