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...

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Willamette Valley View all

  • J. Christopher Wines

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

  • Carabella Vineyard

    All Carabella wines are sourced from our 58 acre site in Oregon's Chehalem Mountains. We produce ...

  • Montinore Estate

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

  • Cardwell Hill Cellars

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

  • Saginaw Vineyard

    Saginaw Vineyard is at the Southernmost tip of the Willamette Valley in a unique micro-climate cr...

  • Belle Vallee Cellars

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

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Willamette Valley on Snooth

  • Domaine Drouhin Oregon Arthur 2015

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    Somewhat more spring water on the palate, with cake spice and vanilla - with a bit thinner backbone than the 2016 at this point (April 2019), but alive; with a sweet sugary vanilla nose, and spiritus flavour dominating entry. A fine wine - if you want spice, spring water purity. 91. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Siduri Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2016

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    Wine review by gntop1


  • Domaine Drouhin Oregon Arthur Chardonnay Dundee Hills 2016

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    . Light golden colour. Nose of spiced apple and pear. Fresh snow and vanilla extract. Entry is smooth, and very Beaune (certainly Bourgogne) in character with a hint of almond bitterness atop a rather neutral apple. Very pure. Finish is a good solid medium - commendable for a Chardonnay. 91-92 Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Domaine Drouhin Oregon Dundee Hills Pinot Noir 2015

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    This wine has an excellent nose; there are aromatics of Creamsicle (yes, I am serious) , earth and strawberry confit. Colour is quite deep; the core is quite deep cherry red indicative of good extraction; the rim is only showing pink at this early stage. Entry is quite round and full, with a hint of tannin on the finish, which is medium to long ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Argyle Pinot Noir Reserve Willamette Valley 2015

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    Just tried the 2015 Argyle Reserve PN, and for lovers of Nuits-Saint-Georges, this is the wine for you... at 1/3 the price. A beautiful, nuanced vanilla-strawberry nose invites you to raise your glass, and of course you do: a soft, silky, slightly bracing entry with fresh, cultivated strawberry caresses the palate. The finesse is quite extraordi... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Sokol Blosser Dundee Hills Estate Pinot Noir 2015

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    The 2015 Sokol Blosser is its usual reliable self; namely, a wine with deep cherry-red translucence, an inviting nose of strawberry, vanilla and wet earth, with an entry of rich, sweet, luscious strawberry and a hint of leather. Smooth, harmonious and deep, this wine finishes long and warm. Superior to most any French Burgundy at this price p... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Stoller Vineyards Dundee Hills Pinot Noir 2016

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    Translucent Garnet in color with touch of blue around the rim.Ripe cherries on the nose. Sour cherries upon entry that become more raspberry mid palate that streches to the lightly drying finish. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Northwest Wine Company Pinot Noir Kudos Single Vineyard Zena Crown Vineyard 2012

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    Nice, light to medium bodied Oregon pinot noir. Decent acidity, good black cherry, rhubarb, dark plum and dried prune overtones with a fairly long finish. Good but not great in that there aren't a lot of layers, just a straight forward dark fruit front end. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Picked these at great sales price:L - The $10 Mumm Napa Valley Brut Prestige ... ... - The 2016 Four Graces Willamette Valley Pinot NoirNot bad for $4 Read More

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  • Thanks - I'll do that.  Good insight on the winemaker also.While ... ... Dundee Hills + the Cloudline Willamette Valley, which surprised me when I looked it up later (Dumb luck 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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