Oregon Wine History Timeline

Oregon had a long history of wine production before the state was established. Although Oregon wine production has been a prominent industry since the 1960s, grapes were first cultivated there by settlers in the Oregon Territory as early as the 1840s. In the late 1970s, Oregon wines received their first considerable critical acclaim. You can travel through the lengthy history of Oregon wine country using the timelines below.

  • 1847 Henderson Luelling, a pioneer on the Oregon Trail, and his family introduced fruit trees to the area.

    Henderson Luelling, who could never sit still, loaded two wagons with earth, charcoal, manure, and 1,000 grafted fruit trees in 1847, including apples, pears, plums, cherries, quinces, and grapes. Henderson, his entire family, and
  • 1852 Peter Britt established Valley View, the first winery in Jacksonville

    In Jacksonville, Peter Britt, a Swiss immigrant known as the “father of the Southern Oregon fruit business,” founded Valley View, the region’s first winery. On a slope where attendees of the Britt Music Festival
  • 1859 The 33rd state in the US was named, which became Oregon

    The Oregon Country established its own government in 1843, and the Oregon Territory was established in 1848. On February 14, 1859, Oregon became the 33rd state in the union. Oregon is currently the ninth-largest

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