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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  • 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...

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Willamette Valley View all

  • Château Benoit

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

  • Gypsy Dancer Estates

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

  • Panther Creek Cellars

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

  • St. Innocent Winery

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

  • Cardwell Hill Cellars

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

  • 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

  • St. Innocent Chardonnay Freedom Hill 2011

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    Excellent Willamette chardonnay. First impression is fresh citrus and lemon cream followed by crisp mouth watering acidity, some nice stoney minerality and a fairly long finish. This has very nice body and great balance. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Remy Wines Three Wives Remy's Red Or/Wa 2011

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    Mighty fine red Italian blend from Remy Wines. This is a mix of Sangiovese, Barbera and Dolcetto. A very expressive nose of stewed plums and blackberries. The layers of black and blue fruits are very well balanced against fine grained tannins, a bit of pepper and some mouth watering acidity. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Argyle Nuthouse Chardonnay 2012

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    Not bad but not great Willamette chardonnay. A bit overly oaked for my taste but there's some nice creamy lemon and a bit of acidity behind the wood. Guessing the Rombaur lovers would find this as a great alternative. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Arborbrook Vineyards Sémillon Sydney Klipsun Vineyard 2011

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    Very tasty dessert wine made from Semillon. Apricot, honeysuckle, a bit of dried fig and dried pineapple. Nice, viscous mouthfeel but not overly sweet on the palate with a touch of acidity and a decent length finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Arborbrook Vineyards Guadalupe Vineyard Pinot Gris 2012

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    Outstanding Dundee Hills Pinot Gris. Lemon pith, lemon/lime cream, some tartness along with some smooth edges, nice acidity and a medium finish. Somewhat complex for a pinot gris with layers of citrus, rounded out by the barrel fermentation. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Willakenzie Estate Pinot Gris 2012

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    Polleny on the nose with hints of bitter melon and unripe pear fruit laid over a sweet, almost buttery, creamy nuance. Sweet for the first second then this turns bright and juicy with I rant acids that dance on the palate. There's a fine balance of fresh fruit and intensity here and frankly this holds it's alcohol astoundingly well. The finish ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Vista Hills Pinot Gris Treehouse 2012

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    Sweet, nutty and candied on the nose witha fascnatinglycomplex array of fruit, berry, apple, lime, floral, savory/spicy and candied aromas. Sweet on entry and obviously so but in the mouth the acids here do a fine job of balancing the sweetness and while the explosion of aromas on the nose doesn't quite come across on the palate this does offer ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Willakenzie Pinot Gris Oregon 2013

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  • Willakenzie Pinot Gris Oregon 1996

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  • Acrobat Rose of Pinot Noir 2011

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    Average Pinot Noir, slightly richer than most Pinot's.. Read More

    Wine review by Leigh Ann Laughon


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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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