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

  • 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...

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Willamette Valley View all

  • Brooks

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

  • Holloran Vineyards Wines

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

  • Stangeland Vineyards and Winery

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

  • Evergreen Vineyards

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

  • Panther Creek Cellars

    Panther Creek wines are Oregon's most beautifully packaged and also the most concentrated and age...

  • Château Benoit

    When Dr. Robert Pamplin, one of Oregon’s most forward-thinking philanthropists and businessmen, p...

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Willamette Valley on Snooth

  • Well, this Pinot is closer to $42 a bottle.  A most excellent example of the Willamette Valley Oregon Pinot Noir however.  Highly recommended.  I opened this one for Sandra tonight after we watched the grand kids for three hours.  I had a small glass and loved it. Read More

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  • Dancin Vineyards Pinot Noir 'Ballerina' 2014

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    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • First - A clarification, I'm pretty picky about my pinot's because I'm not a fan of the light thready style of wine, in any variety.  That said I've taught myself to be fair with all styles and when I review or comment on a wine I put my own personal preferences aside.So currently my recommendations would be this:The 2014 Knez Anderson Valley - ... Read More

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  • Yamhill Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir Reserve 2014

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    Tomato leaf and cranberry aromas with black cherry and mineral tar notes that are smoky and savory. Palate is red fruited, candied and medium light in body with a medicinal backbone and a touch of flower petals on the mid palate. Finishes tarry and smoky with a cherry cola sweetness. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • La Crema Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2015

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    Wine review by Marlowes


  • Pudding River Wine Cellars Pinot Gris Willamette Valley 2007

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    Dense, full-bodied and incredibly lush, with tropical fruit, pear, ginger, freesia and warm spices. On the palate, youll enjoy the fresh, crisp acids and luscious, full, round flavors. Read More

    Wine review by AnnetteSolomon


  • St. Innocent Villages Cuvee Pinot Noir 2015

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    Exuberant, complex flavors of raspberry and plum tiered with sweet tobacco, chocolate and cola give way to subtle notes of licorice. The velvety, polished tannins make for a long and luxurious finish. Read More

    Wine review by AnnetteSolomon


  • Roserock By Drouhin Oregon Eola-Amity Hills Chardonnay 2015

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    Tangerine peel and fresh apple aromas with touches of lemon and honeysuckle on the nose. Smooth, silky textured yet still assertive on the palate, this brings crisp apple and lemon fruit flavors to the fore, sustaining for quite a while before yielding to a short honeyed oats and creamy vanilla finish. 92 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Rockr - There are a lot of those sugar shack wineries in Ohio, Indiana, ... N ... N latitude. If you figure Willamette Valley is around 45 and Napa is around 39-40, it's a place that's likely to have sufficient sun. But they're wet and humid and green, with a completely different climate and a lot of disease pressure. There are a lot of wineri... Read More

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  • King Estate Pinot Gris Willamette Valley 2015

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    Wine review by effell


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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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