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

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Willamette Valley View all

  • Holloran Vineyards Wines

    HVW produces small quantities of hand crafted wine from premium vineyard sites in Oregon's Willam...

  • Montinore Estate

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

  • Brooks

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

  • J. Christopher Wines

    J. Christopher Wines is a small winery located in Oregon's Northern Willamette Valley. Our win...

  • St. Innocent Winery

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

  • Brick House Vineyards

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

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  • Gothic Nevermore Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2012


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  • Big Table Farm Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2012


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  • Solena Estate Grand Cuvee Pinot Noir 2013


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  • Willakenzie Estate Pinot Noir Kiana 2011


    Excellent Willakenzie Yamhill-Carlton Pinot Noir. A bit herbaceous on the nose. The palate has a lot of ripe red and dark cherry with just a hint of lime. This has some really nice acidity balanced with the fruit, supple fine grained tannins and a fairly long finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Knudsen Vineyards Dundee Hills Pinot Noir 2013


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    Wine review by MagsDJ

  • Knudsen Vineyards Dundee Hills Pinot Noir 2012


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  • Tonight we are excited about Halloween - it has already begun with kids ... ... from Domaine Serene in the Willamette Valley of Oregon.  We were in their wine club for a few years but I quit it earlier this year due to the high shipping costs.  They are in the Dundee Hills appellation.  A most excellent Pinot if you get a chance to try it.  Sa... Read More

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  • V V - Funny thing, today I was talking to the sales manager at Seasons 52 about ... did three wine tastings in Willamette Valley, but on my web site I did not include a picture of the tasting room.  Here are two below, from May 2013. &nbs Read More

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  • Terrence, nice timing as I am currently enjoying a Navarro Vineyards Pinot Gris ... ... VineyardsTiefenbrunnerWillamette Valley Vineyar Read More

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  • Stoller Pinot Noir Reserve 2011


    Very tasty Dundee Oregon pinot. Day 2 this is still vibrant with ripe red and black cherries, cranberry, pomegranate, nice but not over the top acidity, subtle tannins and a medium finish. 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! :)

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  • 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.

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