The History they don’t tell you.
The Willamette Valley has a long and rich wine history. In the hills above Forest Grove, vineyards flourished between 1870 - 1915. Known as “Wine Hill” prior to Prohibition, this hill was home to the Rueter, Wirtz, and Koppel vineyards. Their Oregon wines made from Black Hamburg, Zinfandel, Chasselas, and Muscat grapes gained national accolades. The Willamette Valley did have a thriving wine culture prior to Oregon’s enactment of Prohibition on January 1st, 1916. Sadly, after that date, it vanished, only to be resurrected in the Willamette Valley when Charles Coury and David Lett arrived on the scene in 1965.