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

  • Willamette Valley Vineyards

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

  • J. Christopher Wines

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

  • Château Benoit

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

  • Stone Wolf Vineyards

    Stone Wolf has been producing wines of quality and flair since 1998. At what is now a memorable p...

  • Vidon Vineyard

    "A Boutique Winery on a Petite Vineyard" focusing on premium Estate Pinot Noirs but with small ...

  • Pioneer Hopyard Vineyard

    Local wines with single vineyard distinction

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Willamette Valley on Snooth

  • Anne Amie Riesling Yamhill-Carlton Estate Dry Riesling 2013

    Snoothrank:

    Floral petrol aromas with an undernote of baked green apple, honey and tart lime zest. In the mouth this is expressive with notes of elderflower, lemon and more petrol, fresh and fruity but displaying a creamy nutty finish that carries some peach and tropical fruit. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Tonight we attended the Symphony at The Kennedy Center.  The highlight ... ... was familiar with the Willamette Valley in Oregon, and he has in fact met Jim Prosser of J. K. Carriere Wines (one of our wine clubs).  We talked about other wineries we all knew, but Will had not been to the Walla Walla region where we are headed next month.  We p... Read More

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  • Joel Gott Oregon Pinot Gris 2015

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    Made like a cali chard, ripe, lighter acidity and has seen a touch of wood. Tasty just not up my alley. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Amour, thanks for sharing the Day Wine, I'm always looking for good, little known Willamette Valley wines. Our son lives in Portland and we visit about once a year and always spend a day or more in wine country, I've put this on my to-do list.Mark, we've had the '12 Bedrock Alder Springs and my tasting notes are right in line with yours for the ... Read More

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  • Yeah but that's true for lots of things isn't it? The deal with PN is ... ... wouldn't. "Willamette Valley Vineyards Whole Cluster at $19.97 at Total Wines"Completely agree with that one. And I would usually rather drink anything than Pinot Noir, but that's a very nice wine nonetheless.Except I only buy it when it's when it's on sale at Ralph'... Read More

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  • OK TOPOCHINESVINO--what are your hidden gems in Willamette Valley? Read More

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  • Willamette Valley Vineyards Estate Chardonnay Willamette Valley 2014

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    Light toast and white peach aromas with a floral note showing amidst fresh apple and tea leaf. This is round and firm in the mouth, soft and powdery and light on its feet, with a touch of lemon coming through towards the finish with the tea leaf returning amidst oaky vanilla notes. Read More

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  • Willamette Valley for sure....!!!  Read More

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  • If you want to visit the Willamette Valley, check out our visit in 2016. We will again visit this area in March 2017.  Read More

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  • Hmm may be a better plan to visit the Gorge and Willamette valley.. 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.

    Comment by 326362BigDBingo 326362 BigDBingo


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