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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  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Gewürztraminer

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

  • 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

  • Walnut City Wineworks

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

  • Gypsy Dancer Estates

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

  • Brick House Vineyards

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

  • Patton Valley Vineyard

    Patton Valley Vineyard is located on a hillside overlooking the beautiful Patton Valley, just ou...

  • Stangeland Vineyards and Winery

    2500 case winery specializing in Pinot Noir of the Willamette Valley and Eola-Amity Hills AVA. Al...

  • Willamette Valley Vineyards

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

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Willamette Valley on Snooth

  • Ponzi Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Reserve 2010

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    Nice but not great Willamette pinot. Plenty of vibrant acidity and loads of ripe red cherry and cranberry but it seems a bit flat, the body is light and the finish is short. Possible that this is in its dumb stage and needs another year or three to come back around. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Kudos Pinot Noir Yamhill-Carlton District Willamette Valley 2012

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    Nice, light to medium bodied Oregon pinot noir. Decent acidity, good black cherry, rhubarb, dark plum and dried prune overtones with a fairly long finish. Good but not great in that there aren't a lot of layers, just a straight forward dark fruit front end. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Oak Knoll Winery Niagara Mcminnville American Niagara NV

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    Actually the bottle says produced by Korpi Inc in Hillsboro. I do not know whether it is actually McMinnville or Hillsboro, but I do know I like this semi-sweet white wine. Read More

    Wine review by KnotBeak


  • Eola Hills Wine Cellars Chardonnay Reserve Lacreole 2012

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    Fantastic Oregon chardonnay. Very well balanced with nice subtle oak undertones, creamy lemon, ripe pear, a touch of honey, crisp but not overpowering acidity and a fairly long finish. Most enjoyable! Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Elk Cove Pinot Noir Rosé Willamette Valley 2013

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    Really nice rose of pinot noir from Willamette. Light and lively with a nose of fresh strawberry. The flavor profile is a bit floral, with tart cherry, a splash of slightly under ripe strawberry and a bit of creamy lime on the finish. Tart mouth watering acidity plays well with the bright fruit. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • We'll be bringing a bottle of white (2012 Domaine Serene Chardonnay - ... ... - ... wines are from the Willamette Valley in Oregon of course.  Usually Sandra cooks the turkey at our house, but this year we somehow talked her mother into cooking it.  I hope everything goes well. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Thanksgiving Wines


  • Funny thing about these lava lamps - they were just for me to view since this ... J.K. Carrier Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon.  Even Sandra guessed incorrectly on this one, thinking it was a Cabernet Franc from Washington.  We did serve two bottles of sparkling wine at the start, one of which is shown below.  They were a hit and got... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Ponzi Vineyards Chardonnay Willamette Valley Reserve 2012

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    Lemon curd, beeswax, apricot and a hint of cream on the nose. Flavors are bold and big and acidic, full of ripe lemon zest, baked apples, and grapefruit. Finishes long and clean with cream and vanilla notes. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Stoller Vineyards Sv Estate Pinot Noir Stoller Family Estate 2009

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    A terrific Pinot Noir. A bit more body (a plus!) than most. Read More

    Wine review by Chrisbike7


  • Rascal Oregon Pinot Gris 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by michalene


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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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