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 Blanc

    History of the grape: Pinot Blanc was first grown in Burgundy and Champagne, France, and can be traced by some source...

  • 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

  • Brooks

    Brooks is a small producer making handcrafted rieslings and pinot noirs in the Willamette Valley ...

  • Holloran Vineyards Wines

    HVW produces small quantities of hand crafted wine from premium vineyard sites in Oregon's Willam...

  • Willamette Valley Vineyards

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

  • Domaine Serene

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

  • Adea Wine Company

    The Fisher family was introduced to the wine industry on arriving in Yamhill County in 1984. Dean...

  • Walnut City Wineworks

    Walnut City WineWorks winemakers understand and appreciate the allure, nuances and vitality of Pi...

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Willamette Valley on Snooth

  • Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir Dundee Hills 2011

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir Dundee Hills 2015

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    Dark ruby in color. Dried cherry on the nose.Medium bodied.Raspberry and ripe cherries with a long ish finish.Nice wine. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Penner-Ash Viognier 2016

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    A lonely Penner-Ash Viognier 2016 left on the shelf at a local wine merchant in Victoria BC Canada proved the exception to the rule: to wit, this shyly yellow wine with a lively nose of ginger, cracked black pepper, lychee, pear and apricot enters with an unctuous, light oily viscosity , light ginger and Bartlett Pear. Finish is long and warm w... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Bachelder Oregon Pinot Noir 2013

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    This wine of Thomas Bachelder (a native of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, ... well). This 2013 from the Willamette Valley is bricking nicely with a nose of strawberry, field mushroom and freshly fallen snow. Entry is rather plummy with only a hint of vanilla. Medium-light body. Pure and precise, this is a very fine wine ready for drin... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Elk Cove Vineyards Pinot Gris Willamette Valley NV

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    Wine review by cypop


  • DV, yes we did, here's the write up, thanks again for the Meyer Pinot.We had a grand time tasting through these four pinots the other night! Consensus was fairly unanimous - the Chambolle-Musigny and the Patricia Green (Willamette) tied for first with the Okanagan Valley coming in a close third and the lowly Chilean an obvious last place finishe... Read More

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  • We're in Oregon visiting our son and daughter-in-law, heading to Dundee ... today. We'll be drinking Willamette Valley wine tonight (I know, poor us) most likely from one of the tasting rooms there.  Here's my list of potential downtown Dundee tasting rooms, anyone have any experience with any of these?Antica TerraErath WineryLange Estate Wine... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What's your Choice of Wine...


  • 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


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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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