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

  • Gewürztraminer

    Gewürztraminer’s direct and obvious charm has made it a popular varietal in almost every corner of the wine world. Ex...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Evergreen Vineyards

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

  • Carabella Vineyard

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

  • Montinore Estate

    Montinore Estate is a family owned and operated winery in the northern Willamette Valley that ...

  • Cristom Vineyards

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

  • Anam Cara Cellars

    Each of our wines is created from our Nicholas Estate vineyard, located in Oregon's Chehalem Moun...

  • Adea Wine Company

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

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Willamette Valley on Snooth

  • The Eyrie Vineyards Rose of Pinot Noir 2013 2013

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    Slightly cloudy pink color. Spice, earth and game, anise on nose. Black currant, plum and hints of banana. Occassional whiffs of neoprene. Deeper and a bit more red wine like than some roses. Interesting Read More

    Wine review by 240070anchca 240070 anchca


  • Winter's Hill Vineyard Dundee Hills Pinot Blanc 2013

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    This smells terrific, its not very aromatic but then again Pinot Blanc isnt an aromatic grape. what it does deliver is this subtle purity with hints of white fruit, white peach, crab apples, chalky soil notes and a fine base of sweet dried floral notes. Bright and focused in the mouth, this has a fine mineral base on the palate with lively acids... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Gris Willamette Valley 2013

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    Excellent Willamette pinot gris. Ripe pear, golden apple, a spritz of lemon zest, nice acidity and a medium finish. Fairly smooth and a somewhat viscuous tongue coating texture. Definitely one of the better pinot gris' we've had. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Last night we stopped by the two Crystal City (Virginia) Wine Shops for their ... Portugal, a Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley Oregon (by far our favorite), and a sparkler Shiraz from Australia.  Here we purchased four bottles - two of the Pinot Noir, one of the Shiraz and the last one was a Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma Valley (Lake Sonoma)... Read More

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  • V V - Yes, the label from Adelaida Michael's Vineyard is definitely worth ... ... you enjoyed your time in Willamette Valley.  Our favorite winery up there was J. K. Carriere for their fantastic Pinot Noir. http://www.jkcarriere.com/wines.aspx&nbs Read More

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  • Bergstrom Pinot Noir Cumberland Reserve 2007

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    Loved the hints of cedar. @ Vino Volo SEA Read More

    Wine review by Missy Gard


  • Stoller Family Estate Pinot Noir Rose 2013

    Snoothrank:

    Soft red cherry fruit on the nose shows subtle hints of woodsy spice and perhaps an incipient note of spicy mushroom. Round and a bit soft on entry, this is nicely balanced but shows a slightly richer, softer side of rose. The mineral tinged flavors of red cherry and hibiscus show nicely on the palate and glide onto a fresh and juicy finish wher... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Winter's Hill Dry Rose Pinot Noir Dundee Hills Oregon 2013

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    Spicy on the nose with lightly candied suggestions of red cherry and strawberry fruit that show excellent intensity and purity. Nice acids open on the palate, which shows a hint of richness and lovely, pure, and slightly savory flavors of strawberry, forest floor, and a hint of spice. Moderately large scaled and fleshy, this is beautiful with a ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Mouton Noir Love Drunk Rose 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by Derek25


  • We found the Pinots from Oregon (Willamette Valley) were some of the best we've ever tasted, although the Pinots from Sonoma are certainly right up there in taste.  However, my favorite Pinot Noir was from Anderson Valley, and it wasn't GoldenEye.  It was from the Roederer Estate - a winery known for making sparklers.  We can't find any of their... Read More

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  • The Willamette Valley has THE BEST Pinot Noir in the entire World. There are very few good Pinot Noir from California, but when I am thinking about taste of the classic Pinot Noir it always comes to my mind Willamette Valley! :)

    Comment by 753316Maroni 753316 Maroni


  • Yes, I've tasted their Wine! It's very good, however I think it's pricey, considering I've enjoyed other Pinot Noir's that were as good and less pricey...

    Comment by 480473Jan Jones 480473 Jan Jones


  • Such a beautiful part of the country with some terrific wines. Well worth a long weekend getaway in the early fall. Dundee and McMinnville are terrific.

    Comment by 326362BigDBingo 326362 BigDBingo


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