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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Vidon Vineyard

    "A Boutique Winery on a Petite Vineyard" producing only premium Estate Pinot Noirs. This excepti...

  • Domaine Serene

    Domaine Serene, named after Ken and Grace Evenstad’s daughter, Serene, has been named one of Or...

  • Willamette Valley Vineyards

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

  • Stone Wolf Vineyards

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

  • Cardwell Hill Cellars

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

  • Anam Cara Cellars

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

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Willamette Valley on Snooth

  • I called Domaine Serene (Willamette Valley, Oregon) and canceled our wine club membership today.  They had sent the invoice for the spring shipment of six bottles, and just about 100 dollars was attributed to shipping / handling ($72) and tax ($25).  One hundred bucks to ship six bottles; the total bill was around $550.  The best I could do was ... Read More

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  • I'm interested in that Pinot Blanc from the Willamette Valley.  JD, do you think it would mellow in the bottle after a few years? Read More

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  • Duck Pond Pinot Grigio Willamette Valley 2007

    Snoothrank:

    Just had a glass of Duck Pond Pinot Grigio at a restaurant (Beach Café, Kirkland). It was undrinkable. Like tap water with a twist of lemon juice. Server had a new bottle opened which was fresher tasting but still insipidly thin and so dry as to be sour. Read More

    Wine review by willhargr


  • I really like the Amity Winery PN.  For the money, it's spot on. To my ... mind, a better value in the Willamette Valley than Dundee Hills or a lot of the other sub-apps.I'll start a thread about my day (Presidents' Day in Sonoma is a tradition here, for a hint), but putting the tastes behind me, for dinner I finished a 2011 Hendry Block 7 & 22... Read More

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  • Hamacher Pinot Noir Oregon 2010

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    Pretty good Willamette pinot. Bright red and crushed black cherry, nice acidity, a touch of smoke and a decent finish. The finish is of medium length and the tannins are a bit grainy for pinot. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • I'm using the Chrome browser and it's sideways.  Outthere will be ... toured a few wineries in the Willamette Valley with my sisters who live in Corvallis, OR.  Yes, we did dine at St. Francis.  Pictures on the 2013 web pag Read More

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  • Siduri $60 3pack3 Great 2012 Single-Vineyard Chehalem Mountains Pinot Noirs for ... ... Mountains region of the Willamette Valley. In those 20 years, we’ve never had a vintage where the overall fruit quality was as high as it was in 2012 (by the way, that doesn’t mean that the fruit was the ripest either. We’ve had a number of higher brix year... Read More

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  • Territorial Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2008

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    No written review

    Wine review by BK1970


  • Acrobat Rose 2013

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    Not usually a fan of rose but Acrobat was very drinkable with little to now aftertaste. Well balanced and a great value. Read More

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • Willamette Valley Vineyards Whole Cluster Pinot Noir 2012

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    Opens with a sour grape, caramel, stewed peach fruitiness. Though it is not, there is a feeling of a bit of spritz and carbonation. Very light, but well balanced. I don't drink much Pinot, the ones had seem more hit and miss and don't enjoy this overly fruity style. Other reviews comparing it to fruit salad seem quite accurate. Nevertheless, I t... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


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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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