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 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...

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Willamette Valley View all

  • Stangeland Vineyards and Winery

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

  • Belle Vallee Cellars

    Belle Vallée (Beautiful Valley) Cellars is located in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. Nestled b...

  • Panther Creek Cellars

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

  • J. Christopher Wines

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

  • McKinley Springs

    We take great pride in tending to our 2000 acre estate vineyard, and strive to craft wines of exc...

  • 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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Willamette Valley on Snooth

  • Torii Mor Rosé Eola Amity Hills Pinot Noir 2014

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    Grapefruit and berries bloom through the nose. You'll be struck by the full mouth feel with softened edges and tinny undertones. Pert red and pink berries carry you to a deep, long, satisfying, finish. Think pink and orange Starburst candies, sans the artificial overtones. Pair with a summer Sunday brunch of eggs and fresh fruit with full-fat yo... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Strangeland Oregon Pinot Noir 2010

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    Not very impressed by this Pinot. Thin Read More

    Wine review by runningbear


  • Strangeland Vineyards & Winery Pinot Noir NV

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    Thin. Not a big fan of this Pinot Read More

    Wine review by runningbear


  • Torii Mor Riesling Willamette Valley 2014

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    Intriguing nose is light with floral aromas of ripe apple and spice framed with dried honey. Quite dry in the mouth, and as dry and pleasantly tart as it is it's almost a surprising entry for the Riesling grape. Look out for lemon and citrus here, clean and fresh on the palate with a bit of varietal character lurking around the edges. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Remy Wines Sangiovese Kiona Vineyard 2012

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    Nice enough sangiovese from Remy of McMinnville, Oregon. Fairly fruit forward and a bit tart on the tongue. Loads of bright red cherry, a hint of lime and mouth watering acidity. There isn't a lot of body here and the tannins are fairly light weight but this is a fun mid-week drinker, might be a bit on the pricey side. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Ponzi Vineyards Pinot Blanc 2014

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    Floral aromas are touched by orange blossom, peach nectar, honey and a light tropical note as well. Silky and smooth in the mouth, with an excellent approach of peach and ripe apple and a creamy note on the long finish that is just tart enough to contrast against the creaminess. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Ghost Hill Cellars the Spirit of Pinot Noir Rosé Bayliss-Bower Vineyard 2014

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    This Rose' of Pinot Noir has been one of my favorites for some time. Completely dry and heavy on minerality. It can pair with a variety of meats, fowl and veg dishes. Read More

    Wine review by Carl Giavanti


  • Arbor Mist Tropical Fruit Chardonnay Fwd Canandaigua Wine Company Inc 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by JessiTrouble


  • I just returned from the Willamette Valley earlier this week! While it is a 30 minute drive from Newberg, I implore you to make an appointment with Walter Scott. Ken, the winemaker, is producing some of the finest Chardonnays I've ever tasted out of Oregon. The drive from Newberg is quite scenic. You'll really get up into the hills. Vista Hills ... Read More

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  • Winter's Hill Dry Rose Pinot Noir Dundee Hills Oregon 2014

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    Light, bright and cheery, this wine has inviting candied cherries and quince paste aromas. In the mouth it's full yet juicy and fresh, with maraschino cherry and strawberry flavors, a splash of tangerine and a touch of lemon acidity to brighten up the palate. 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! :)

    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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