Willamette Valley, Oregon

The wineries of the Willamette Valley are quite spread out and will take some planning to reach several in a day unless you stay within one of the appellations. Portland is an hour drive to the central Willamette Valley. Many of the wineries do not have tasting rooms and appointments are necessary. All the Willamette Valley wineries are open Memorial Day weekend and Thanksgiving Day weekend. There are limited accommodations in the Willamette Valley so make your plans far in advance. Multiple companies offer tours of the Willamette Valley (see willamettewines.com). Rain is common in the Willamette Valley in the winter, so consider planning your trip from Memorial Day through October. There are a cluster of small tasting rooms in Carlton, Newberg and McMinnville feature some of the Willamette Valley's premium boutique Pinot Noir producers. Besides the restaurants listed here, there are other many excellent dining spots in Portland which has become a foodie heaven. In addition Portland had more than 400 food carts in the metro area as of 2011. Craft beer is very popular in Portland.

Recommended Wineries

Alloro Vineyard
Tasting RoomInquire
WinemakerTom Fitzpatrick
OwnerDavid Nemarnik
Comments28 acres of estate vineyard Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Beautiful Tuscan architecturally-designed winery and hospitality center.
PoP coverageAlloro Vineyard
Anam Cara Cellars
Tasting RoomThOpen Thursday-Saturday 11-5. and Sunday 12-5.
Production<1,000 cases Pinot Noir, Riesling
OwnerNick and Sheila Nicholas
CommentsEstate vineyard now leased to Rain Dance Vineyards but winery continues to produce estate Pinot Noir. Established in 2001. Nick and Sheila are delightful people.
PoP coverageAnam Cara Cellars
Beckham Estate Vineyard
Tasting RoomWinter - Friday-Sunday 12-5; appts available
WinemakerAndrew Beckham
OwnerAndrew and Annedria Beckham
CommentsUnique amphorae raised wines under A.D. Beckham Amphora label. Annedria Beckham often hosts the tastings.
PoP coverageBeckham Estate Vineyard
Bethel Heights Vineyard
Tasting RoomOpen daily
ProductionA Pinot Noir specialist
WinemakerBen Casteel since 2005
OwnerTerry and Ted Casteel, Marilyn Webb, Pat Dudley
CommentsFounded in 1984 with the first commercial vintage of 3,000 cases, this winery now produces consistently stellar Pinot Noir from estate vineyards that are significantly aged. A very friendly family atmosphere pervades the hospitality center.
PoP coverageBethel Heights Vineyard
Big Table Farm
Tasting RoomTasting by appointment - see website - wine purchase required.
WinemakerBrian Marcy
OwnerBrian Marcy and Clare Carver
CommentsEstablished in 2006 and quickly became one of the Willamette Valley's most cherished wineries and one of the most popular to visit. Winery is located on a working farm and tasting is held in the owner's 100-year-old farmhouse home. Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay.
PoP coverageBig Table Farm
Tasting RoomOpen daily 11-5; 106 S Center St., Newberg; tasting and tour at the winery by appointment.
Production15,000 cases of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris
WinemakerMike Eyres
OwnerHarry Peterson-Nedry, Bill and Cathy Stoller
Comments 170 acres leased. Pioneered wine grape growing in the Ribbon Ridge in 1980 and winery foun. Second generation winemaker Wynne Peterson-Nedry now at the helm.
PoP coverageChehalem
Cristom Vineyards
Tasting RoomOpen daily; several tasting options
Production8,000 cases Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris
WinemakerSteve Doerner
OwnerPaul H. Gerrie and Eileen Gerrie
Comments65 acres owned. Established in 1992. Highly recommended Pinot Noirs from four estate vineyards vinified with partial whole cluster fermentation. Viognier, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris are among the best currently offered in Oregon as well. Winemaker Steve Doerner has been at the helm since the winery's founding.
PoP coverageCristom Vineyards
DePonte Cellars
Tasting RoomOpen daily, 11-5.
Production2,000 cases exclusively Pinot Noir
WinemakerIsabelle Dutarte
OwnerScott and Rae Baldwin
Comments20 acres owned, 27 acres leased. Long standing French winemaker produces Pinot Noirs of uncommon elegance and purity.
PoP coverageDe Ponte Cellars
Domaine Drouhin Oregon
Tasting RoomDaily 11-4. Tours by appointment.
Production15,000 cases Pinot Noir and Chardonnay
WinemakerVeronique Boss-Drouhin
OwnerRobert Drouhin
Comments 90 acres of vineyards on a 225-acre estate. Est. 1988. Only French-owned winery in Oregon. Consistently excellent Pinot Noir that has set standard for the French influence in Oregon.
PoP coverageDomaine Drouhin Oregon
Elk Cove Vineyards
Tasting RoomOpen daily 10-5.
Production30,000 cases Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc
WinemakerAdam Campbell (co-owner)
OwnerJoe and Patricia Campbell
Comments150 acres owned. Established in 1972.
PoP coverageElk Cove Vineyards
Evening Land Vineyards
Tasting Room1326 N Hwy 99W, St 100, Dundee, OR 97115; open daily; Seven Springs Vineyard tours by appointment
WinemakerRajat Parr and Sashi Moorman
OwnerRajat Parr and Sashi Moorman
CommentsOregon's highest quality and often highest rated Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from Seven Springs Vineyard in the Eola-Amity Hills.
PoP coverageEvening Land Vineyards
Lange Estate Winery and Vineyards
Tasting RoomOpen daily.
Production14,000 cases of Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris
WinemakerJesse Lange
OwnerDon Lange, Wendy Lange, Jesse Lange
CommentsOne of Oregon's pioneering wine families now directed by second generation winemaker Jesse Lange.
PoP coverageLange Estate Winery and Vineyards
Lenné Estate
Tasting RoomOpen 12-5 Wednesdat through Sunday.
ProductionSmall lots of estate Pinot Noir
WinemakerSteve Lutz and consultant David O'Reilly
OwnerSteve and Karen Lutz and investors (HLC Wines LLC)
CommentsOutstanding Pinot Noir from a carefully tended estate vineyard.
PoP coverageLenné Estate
Lingua Franca
Tasting RoomLimited advanced appointments
WinemakerLarry Stone, Thomas Savre and consultant Dominque Lafon
OwnerLarry Stone MS and partners
CommentsFirst Pinot Noir and Chardonnay released from 2015 vintage. Spectacular new winery opened for the 2017 vintage. An extremely promising project with impressive vineyard sources and a 66-acre estate LSV Vineyard that will come into production by 2019.
PoP coverageLingua Franca
PDX Urban Wineries
Phonesee website for individual winery phone numbers
Tasting RoomSee website for individual winery tasting room hours.
Comments16 wineries include Boedecker Cellars, Clay Pigeon, Division Winemaking Company, and Willful Wine Co., all within the city limits of Portland.
Penner-Ash Wine Cellars
Tasting RoomOpen daily 11-5; $25 and $35 flight offerings.
Production6,000 cases Pinot Noir, Syrah, Viognier
WinemakerLynn Penner-Ash
OwnerJackson Family Wines
Comments80 acres owned. Established in 2002. Now owned by Jackson Family Wines but Lynn remains as winemaker. Both estate-designated and sourced vineyard-designated Pinot Noir.
PoP coveragePenner-Ash Wine Cellars
Ponzi Vineyards
Tasting RoomOpen daily 10-5.
Production2,500 cases Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris
WinemakerLuisa Ponzi
OwnerPonzi Family
Comments100 acres owned. Established in 1970 and one of Willamette Valley's heritage wineries. The new winery and hospitality center is welcoming.
PoP coveragePonzi Vineyards
Privé Vineyard & Winery
Tasting RoomBy appointment for wine club members only
Production250 cases of estate Pinot Noir
WinemakerTina Hammond
OwnerMark and Tina Hammond
CommentsVery small boutique producer of Pinot Noir from a 2-acre vineyard. The wine is highly allocated. Established in 2001. A very personal experience and each year often among my highest rated Pinot Noirs. You must be a standing member of the winery's wine club mailing list or a friend of someone who is to experience a tasting.
PoP coveragePrivé Vineyard
The Eyrie Vineyards
Tasting RoomDaily 12-5
ProductionPinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris
WinemakerJason Lett
OwnerLett family
CommentsHistoric Oregon winery founded by David Lett, the first to plant Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris in the Willamette Valley in the mid 1960s. Delicate, age worthy wines. Tasting room in original winery building in McMinnville filled with memorabilia and history. A must visit for any pinotphile.
PoP coverageThe Eyrie Vineyards
Van Duzer Vineyards
Tasting RoomOpen daily 11-4. Expansive views.
Production14,000 cases Pinot Noir
WinemakerFlorent Merlier
OwnerCarl and Marilynn Thoma
Comments75 acres owned. Established in 1989. Wines have really come into their own since Frenchman Florent Merlier came on board as winemaker in 2010. Dallas is a bit of a drive from McMinnville, but the trip is well worth it. Both estate and vineyard-designated Pinot Noir from top vineyards. New planting in Dundee Hills.
PoP coverageVan Duzer Vineyards
Walter Scott Wines
Tasting RoomTastings by appointment.
WinemakerKen Pahlow
OwnerKen Pahlow and Erica Landon, Andy and Sue Steinman
CommentsPinot Noir and Chardonnay from prestigious vineyards in the Eola-Amity Hills. My 2017 Oregon Winery of the Year.
PoP coverageWalter Scott Wines
Westrey Wine Company
Tasting RoomBy appointment. Open Memorial Day and Thanksgiving Day weekends.
Production3,000 cases Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris
WinemakerAmy Wesselman and David Autrey
OwnerAmy Wesselman and David Autrey
Comments18 acres owned. Established in 1993. Sensibly priced, age worthy Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
PoP coverageWestrey Wine Company
White Rose Wines
Tasting RoomOpen daily 11-5.
Production2,500 cases of Pinot Noir exclusively
WinemakerGreg Sanders, Jesus Guillen
OwnerGreg Sanders
CommentsTasting room with beautiful views of the Willamette Valley. 10 acres owned (White Rose Vineyard). Established in 2001. Unique Pinot Noir from estate and nearby esteemed vineyards vinified often with 100% whole cluster fermentation and low new oak elevage. Very small production, expensive.
PoP coverageWhite Rose Estate
Winderlea Vineyard and Winery
Tasting RoomOpen Monday-Friday and by appointment on weekends. Also a tasting room in McMinnville open with seasonal hours.
ProductionPinot Noir, Chardonnay
WinemakerRobert E. Brittan
OwnerBill Sweat & Donna Morris
Comments(Win-dur-lee). Estate Vineyard formerly Goldschmidt Vineyard. Modern aesthetically pleasing tasting room overlooks the Maresh Vineyard, some of the oldest vines in the valley.
PoP coverageWinderlea Vineyard & Winery

Recommended Lodging

Abbey Road Farm B&B
CommentsCentrally located in Yamhill County. 5 rooms are decorated in a contemporary country style. A real working farm. 18 wineries within a few miles.
Black Walnut Inn; Vineyard
CommentsIn the Red Hills of Dundee. Every room has a balcony or patio.
Brookside Inn
CommentsThis nine-suite inn is owned by Susan and Bruce Bandstra, two foodies who left the corporate life to slow down and enjoy something together. The 22-acre property is a retreat with private hiking trails, a quiet stream, and serene gardens. The Inn is located within 10 minutes of 50 Oregon wineries. The Inn offers frequent winemaker dinners featuring local wineries and dishes prepared by top Northwest chefs.
Carlton Gates Vacation and Business Retreat
Comments4 bedrooms and 3 baths, sleeps 6-10. Spacious kitchen, great room, two patio areas, 70 inch television
Chehalem Ridge Bed & Breakfast
CommentsNorthwest-style alpine cottage with staggering views of the Willamette Valley wine country. Breakfast included.
Fox Ridge Estate
CommentsFox Ridge Estate is a 1500 sq ft home located on 21 acres 5 minutes from downtown McMinnville. Sleeps up to 6, in-ground pool. VRBO 478007. A sister property, The Brooks Street House, has 3 bedrooms and sleeps up to 6. VRBO 575219. For reservations, contact Liz Heller at phone number.
Hotel Vintage Plaza
CommentsHistoric hotel with 117 rooms each named for a Northwest winery or vineyard. Guests receive a welcome packet with guided and self-guided wine tours in Portland. Free wine tasting event in lobby each evening. Hotel's bar, Pazzo Cellars, has a great wine list.
Inn at Red Hills
CommentsCentrally located deluxe inn with free parking, concierge for all local wineries, Farm to Fork restaurant (B, L, & D), and Press, A Wine Bar. Walk downstairs from your room for dining or a glass of wine. Very comfortable.
Le Puy A Wine Valley Inn
OwnerLea Duffy and Andy Kosusko
CommentsAn 8-room destination bed and breakfast inn offering superior hospitality located on top of a Chehalem Hills nob west of Newberg. The location is ideal for exploring Willamette Valley wineries. Meetings, retreats and seminars as well as weddings, anniversaries and reunions are hosted. Rooms are luxurious, complimentary breakfast is inspired by local and organic foods, and "Eat, Taste, Love" weekends in the Willamette Valley. Owners Lea Duffy and Andy Kosusko are architects. $195-$345 average winter rates. Can't say enough good things about this lodging and very highly recommended.
Lobenhaus B&B; Vineyard
Comments6 rooms in a tri-level, lodge style house. Outside deck and views of woods, creek, vineyard.
Maresh Red Hills Vineyard Retreat
CommentsMartha Maresh of Maresh Vineyard rents a 3 bedroom spacious home on a hillside with spectacular views of Mt. Hood and the Willamette Valley. 2 miles from 10 Yamhill County wineries and a stroll from the Maresh Red Barn Wine Tasting Room. Maresh Vineyard is one of Willamette Valley's oldest.
Nines Hotel
CommentsA luxury hotel next to Portland's Pioneer Square and the light rail. 331 guestrooms. Departure Restaurant on rooftop features Asian food, the Urban Farmer in the atrium specializes in steak. All of the hotel's art collection is by Portland artists. 45 minute drive to Willamette Valley wine country.
Steiger Haus B&B
Comments5 rooms in an old European country house with a wooded garden setting. Walking distance to downtown McMinnville restaurants.
Stoller Vineyards Vineyard Cottages
CommentsThree newly renovated, spacious guesthouses that are located in the middle of the winery's vineyards. The cottages sleep four to eight people. From $295 per night.
PoP coverageStoller Family Estate
The Allison Inn & Spa
CommentsOpened in late 2009, this is Oregon wine country's first premier inn and spa. Jory restaurant features Oregon wine country cuisine with extensive wine and microbrew list. First class all the way.
The House at Bryce Vineyard
Comments1950 square foot home with 3 bedrooms, 2 baths located near Newberg in the center of Oregon wine country. Short and long term lease available at $1,500 per month.
University House
CommentsA private, full-service classic 1906 home located in historic Newberg, within walking distance of downtown Newberg and conveniently close to Oregon's wine country. Modern amenities, three bedrooms, two full bathrooms. $190-$240 a night.

Recommended Restaurants

Bistro Maison
CommentsFrench bistro loved by locals and visitors alike.
CommentsFrench bistro
Joel Palmer House
CommentsLocated in the historic home of Joel Palmer. Chef Jack Czarnecki is an authority on foraging for, and cooking with mushrooms. Order the all-mushroom dining experience. Jack's son has taken over the kitchen, and has maintained the restaurant's dining excellence. Possibly the largest Oregon Pinot Noir wine list in the state.
La Rambla
CommentsSpanish cuisine including tapas. Over 270 Northwest and Spanish wines.
Nicks Italian Cafe
CommentsA 30 year institution. Extensive wine list. Hearty, unpretentious Italian food. Dungeness crab and pine nut lasagna.
Pok Pok & Whiskey Soda Lounge
CommentsOne of America's best Thai restaurants opened in an old house by a young chef named Andy Ricker. It is a shrine to Thai grilling and the best hangout in the town of Portland. Oregonian restaurant of the year 2007. Reservations needed.
Recipe, A Neighborhood Kitchen
Red Hills Provincial Dining
CommentsNorthwest wine country cuisine.
The Dundee Bistro
CommentsL&D, classic Willamette Valley cuisine. Ponzi Wine Bar next door.
The Painted Lady
CommentsRestored Victorian. Superb service and food.
Tina's Restaurant
CommentsL Tues-Fri, Dinner nightly. Seasonal and regional organic foods since 1991. Order halibut cheeks.

Recommended Wine Stores

Liner & Elsen Wine Merchants
OwnerBob Scherb
Sundance Wine Cellars & Oregon Wine Merchants
Phone1-800 OR WINES (679-4637)
CommentsOne of the oldest and most respected wine retailers in the Willamette Valley. Located in Eugene, Oregon, the store has the largest selection of Oregon wines in the world with at least 500 different Oregon Pinot Noirs. Oregon Wine Merchants in the online division.
CommentsBoth retail store and online presence, this large retailers offers an extensive selection of Oregon Pinot Noir as well as Burgundy in addition to hundreds of other varieties from around the world. Helpful staff.

Picnic Supplies

Farmer's Markets
Harvest Fresh Grocery & Deli
CommentsOrganically grown foods, picnic items.

Wine Country Tours

Grape Escape Winery Tours
CommentsPicks up 30 visitors in downtown Portland in a cushy van and drives back roads through the Chehalem Mountians while a guide explains Oregon wines.
Zephyr Walking and Wine Tours
CommentsWine tours via foot, bike and canoe.

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