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...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Chardonnay

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

Popular Wineries in Willamette Valley View all

  • Anam Cara Cellars

    Each of our wines is created from the beautiful Nicholas Estate vineyard, located in Oregon's ...

  • Willamette Valley Vineyards

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

  • EIEIO

    At EIEIO & Company we make the best possible wine we can without compromise. To date, this is a ...

  • Montinore Estate

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

  • Torii Mor Winery

    At Torii Mor, we strive to create premium quality, handcrafted wines that reflect the earthbou...

  • Stone Wolf Vineyards

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

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Willamette Valley on Snooth

  • Sokol Blosser Evolution Sparkling NV

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    Lightly nutty, honeyed aromas of green apple and peach. Fresh and lively palate with zesty citrus notes of tangerine, grapefruit and lemon with some stone fruit coming through as well, soft mousse and bright acidity make for a fun, easy drinking selection Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Duckpond Pinot Noir

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    Great flavor. Very well balanced and not jammy at all. Excellent for the price point. Read More

    Wine review by sld1991


  • Stoller Vineyards Dundee Hills Pinot Noir 2015

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    Had at Dearborn in Chicago Read More

    Wine review by gmb468


  • Willamette Valley Vineyards Whole Cluster Fermented Pinot Noir 2015

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    Very friuty to the point of being sweet. It has balancing acidity and an almost tanninless finish. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • James, I've found the A to Z and King Estate pinots aren't half bad for ... tasted fairly extensively in Willamette Valley. Looking at my spreadsheet, my purchases from the wineries we visited pretty much start at the $25 mark and climb to $8 Read More

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  • I'm a little late to the thread Lefty and I'm not sure what style you ... you like but you need to try Willamette Valley Vineyards Whole Cluster at $19.97 at Total Wines and La Crema Sonoma County. I've been down the same road recently.  Those are my favorites but the search continues so let us know where you lan Read More

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  • I'm thinking you need to try some Pinot Noir wines from Oregon, EM.  I ... I don't like from the Willamette Valley of Oregon. Sandra and I both had our annual physicals and came through quite well.  They have been watching my blood pressure going up a bit over the last few years and on this day the machine said I was 140 / 80.  The doctor took ... Read More

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  • Next Pinot Noir Bottled By King Estate 2008

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    Must have for Thanksgiving! This is luscious, smooth and velvety. Lots of fruit. The only way I like it. Maybe a hint of spice. Read More

    Wine review by sbr1105


  • Penner-Ash Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2013

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    dark garnet red, yet clear. nose of cherry and plums. complex palate of chocolate and spices Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Roco Gravel Road Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2014

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    Tight savory notes of cranberry and soft cherry on the nose with hints of dark spice. This continues to be restrained and tart in the mouth with more cranberry and earthy cherry notes with sticky resinous streaks and a light creamy spice on the lengthy finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


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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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