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

Anam Cara Cellars
Address1242 SE Maple Dr., Dundee (a block from 99 W).
Tasting RoomBy appointment
Production1,000 cases Pinot Noir, Riesling
OwnerNick and Sheila Nicholas
Comments30 acres owned, 30 acres leased. Established in 2001
PoP coverageAnam Cara Cellars
Anne Amie Vineyards
Address6580 NE Mineral Springs Rd., Carlton
Tasting RoomOpen 10-5 daily.
Production20,000 cases Pinot Noir, Riesling, Pinot Blanc
WinemakerThomas Houseman
OwnerDr. Robert Pamplin
PoP coverageAnne Amie Vineyards
Address691 Hwy 99 W, Dundee
Tasting RoomOpen daily 11-5.
ProductionPinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, sparkling wine.
WinemakerRollin Soles
OwnerRollin Soles
CommentsEstablished in 1987. 143 acres owned, 500 acres leased. Superb lineup of Pinot Noirs and sparkling wines. Soles has his own label, ROCO, as well.
PoP coverageArgyle Winery
Bethel Heights Vineyard
Address6060 Bethel Heights Road, NW, Salem
Tasting RoomTuesday through Sunday, 11-5, May through October, other times weekends only.
ProductionA Pinot Noir specialist
WinemakerBen Casteel, Terry Casteel, Adam Smith
OwnerTerry and Ted Casteel, Marilyn Webb, Pat Dudley
PoP coverageBethel Heights Vineyard
Cardwell Hill Cellars
Address24221 Cardwell Hill Dr., Philomath
Tasting RoomTours and tasting by appointment. Picnic area.
Production3,500 cases Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris
WinemakerJim Kakacek
OwnerDan and Nancy Chapel
Comments 38 acres owned. Established in 2000. 40 minute drive south of McMinnville, close to Corvallis.
PoP coverageCardwell Hill Cellars
Address31190 NE Veritas Ln, Newberg
Tasting RoomOpen Thursday through Monday, 11-5, 106 S Center St., Newberg.
Production15,000 cases of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris
WinemakerMike Eyres
OwnerHarry Peterson-Nedry, Bill and Cathy Stoller
Comments 170 acres leased. Established in 1993.
PoP coverageChehalem
Cristom Vineyards
Address6905 Spring Valley Rd. NW, Salem
Tasting RoomOpen Tuesday through Sunday, 11-5, April to Thanksgiving; other times by appointment.
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.
PoP coverageCristom Vineyards
DePonte Cellars
Address17545 Archery Summit Rd., Dayton
Tasting RoomOpen daily, 11-5.
Production2,000 cases exclusively Pinot Noir
WinemakerIsabelle Dutarte
OwnerScott and Rae Baldwin
Comments20 acres owned, 27 acres leased.
PoP coverageDe Ponte Cellars
Domaine Drouhin Oregon
Address6750 NE Breyman Orchards Rd., Dundee
Tasting RoomOpen Wednesday through Sunday, 11-4. Tours by appointment.
Production15,000 cases Pinot Noir and Chardonnay
WinemakerVeronique Boss-Drouhin
OwnerRobert Drouhin
Comments 90 acres owned. Est. 1988. Only French-owned winery in Oregon.
PoP coverageDomaine Drouhin Oregon
Elk Cove Vineyards
Address27751 NW Olson Rd, Gaston
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
Et Fille Wines
Address14000 N Quarry Rd., Newberg
Tasting RoomOpen by appointment at August Cellars in Newberg.
Production1,200 cases Pinot Noir and Viognier
WinemakerHoward Mozeico
OwnerHoward and Jessica Mozeico
PoP coverageEt Fille
Lachini Vineyards
Address18225 Calkins Ln., Newberg
Tasting RoomBy appointment
Production4,000 cases Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Cabernet
WinemakerLaurent Montalieu
OwnerRon and Marianne Lachini
Comments45 acres owned. Established in 2001.
PoP coverageLachini Vineyards
Lange Estate Winery and Vineyards
Address18380 NE Buena Vista Dr, Dundee
Tasting RoomOpen daily.
Production14,000 cases of Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris
WinemakerJesse Lange
OwnerDon Lange, Wendy Lange, Jesse Lange
PoP coverageLange Estate Winery and Vineyards
Lenné Estate
Address18760 NE Laughlin Road, Yamhill
Tasting RoomOpen 12-5 on weekends or by appointment.
ProductionSmall lots of estate Pinot Noir
CommentsOutsanding Pinot Noir. Partnership investment opportunity.
PoP coverageLenné Estate
Maysara Winery
Address15765 SW Muddy Valley Rd, McMinnville
Tasting RoomMonday through Saturday, 12-5.
ProductionPinot Noir, Riesling, Pinot Gris
WinemakerTahmiene Momtazi
OwnerMoe and Flora Momtazi
CommentsThe winery is located on the Momtazi Vineyard estate, Oregon's largest biodynamically farmed vineyard. Momtazi Vineyard supplies grapes to many notable Willamette Valley wineries.
PoP coverageMaysara
PDX Urban Wineries
CommentsWineries include Boedecker Cellars, Grochau Cellars, Hip Chicks Do Wine, ENSO, Vincent Wine Company, Helioterra Wines and Seven Bridges, all within the city limits of Portland.
Penner-Ash Wine Cellars
Address15771 NE Ribbon Ridge Rd., Newberg
Tasting RoomThursday through Sunday, 11-5. Tours by appointment.
Production6,000 cases Pinot Noir, Syrah, Viognier
WinemakerLynn Penner-Ash
OwnerRon and Lynn Penner-Ash
Comments80 acres owned. Established in 2002.
PoP coveragePenner-Ash Wine Cellars
Ponzi Vineyards
Address14665 SW Winery Ln., Beaverton
Tasting RoomOpen daily 10-5.
Production2,500 cases Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris
WinemakerLuisa Ponzi
OwnerPonzi Family
Comments100 acres owned. Established in 1970.
PoP coveragePonzi Vineyards
Prive Vineyard & Winery
Address28155 NE Bell Rd., Newberg
Tasting RoomBy appointment.
Production250 cases 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.
PoP coveragePrivé Vineyard
Scott Paul Wines
Address128 S. Pine St., Carlton
Tasting RoomOpen Wednesday through Sunday, 11-4.
Production2,500 cases Pinot Noir exclusively
WinemakerKelley Fox, Scott Wright
OwnerScott Wright
CommentsBurgundy wines imported by Scott Paul Wines also offered for tasting and sale in the tasting room. 31 acres leased. Established in 1999.
PoP coverageScott Paul Wines
Soter Vineyards
Address10880 NE Mineral Springs Rd., Carlton
Tasting RoomBy appointment.
Production5,500 cases of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, CabernetFranc, and sparkling wine
WinemakerTony Soter
OwnerTony Soter
CommentsEx Etude winemaker. 32 acres owned. Tasting by appointment. Established in 1997.
PoP coverageSoter Vineyards
The Eyrie Vineyards
Address935 NE 10th Avenue, McMinnville
Tasting RoomWednesday through Sunday 12-5
ProductionPinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris
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.
PoP coverageThe Eyrie Vineyards
The Four Graces
AddressPO Box 277, 9605 NE Fox Farm Road, Dundee.
Tasting Room9605 NE Fox Farm Road, Dundee. Open daily 10-5.
ProductionPinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc
WinemakerLaurent Montalieu
OwnerSteve and Paula Black
CommentsOregon's best Pinot Blanc.
PoP coverageThe Four Graces
Van Duzer Vineyards
Address11975 Smithfield Rd., Dallas
Tasting RoomOpen daily 11-4. Expansive views.
Production14,000 cases Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris
WinemakerJim Kakacek
OwnerCarl Thoma
Comments75 acres owned. Established in 1989.
PoP coverageVan Duzer Vineyards
Westrey Wine Company
AddressPO Box 386, Dundee, OR 97115
Tasting RoomBy appointment.
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
Address6250 NE Hilltop Ln., Dayton
Tasting RoomOpen daily 11-5.
Production2,500 cases of Pinot Noir exclusively
WinemakerGreg Sanders
OwnerGreg Sanders
CommentsTasting room with beautiful views of the WillametteValley. 10 acres owned (White Rose Vineyard). Established in 2001.
PoP coverageWhite Rose Estate
Winderlea Vineyard and Winery
Address8905 NE Worden Hill Road, Dundee
Tasting RoomFeb-mid-Dec Thurs-Mon 11-4
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
Address10501 NE Abbey Road, Carlton
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
Address9600 NE Worden Hill Rd., Dundee
CommentsIn the Red Hills of Dundee. Every room has a balcony or patio.
Brookside Inn
Address8243 NE Abbey Rd, Carlton, OR
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
AddressCarlton, Oregon
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
Address422 S.W. Broadway, Portland
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
Address1410 N. Hwy 99 W, Dundee
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
Address20300 NE Hwy 240, Newberg, OR
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
Address6975 NE Abbey Road, Carlton
Comments6 rooms in a tri-level, lodge style house.Outside deck and views of woods, creek, vineyard.
Maresh Red Hills Vineyard Retreat
AddressPO Box 401, Dundee, Oregon
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
Address545 SW Morrison, Portland
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
Address360 Wilson St., McMinnville
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
Address2525 Allison Lane, Newberg
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
Address401 N Meridian Street, Newberg
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
Address1888 NE 3rd St., McMinnville
CommentsFrench bistro loved by locals and visitors alike.
Address214 W Main St., Carlton
CommentsFrench bistro
Joel Palmer House
Address600 Ferry St., Dayton (a residential location get directions beforehand)
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
Address238 NE Third St, McMinnville
CommentsSpanish cuisine including tapas. Over 270 Northwest and Spanish wines.
Nicks Italian Café
Address521 Third St., McMinnville
CommentsA 30 year institution. Extensive wine list. Hearty, unpretentious Italian food. Dungeness crab and pine nut lasagna.
Pok Pok & Whiskey Soda Lounge
Address3226 Southeast Division Street, Portland
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
Address115 N. Washington St., Newberg, OR
Red Hills Provincial Dining
Address276 Hwy 99W, Dundee
CommentsNorthwest wine country cuisine.
The Dundee Bistro
AddressCorner of 7th St and Hwy 99W, Dundee
CommentsL&D, classic Willamette Valley cuisine. Ponzi Wine Bar next door.
The Painted Lady
Address201 S College St., Newberg
CommentsRestored Victorian. Superb service and food.
Address228 N. Evans St., McMinnville
CommentsModern American cuisine by Seattle transplant Eric Bechard and Emily Howard who source all of their produce, poultry, and seafood locally. Menu changes daily. Small, but interesting wine list.
Tina's Restaurant
Address760 Hwy 99W, Dundee
CommentsL Tues-Fri, Dinner nightly. Seasonal and regional organic foods since 1991. Order halibut cheeks.

Recommended Wine Stores

Liner & Elsen Wine Merchants
Address2222 N.W. Quimby Street, Portland, OR
OwnerBob Scherb
Sundance Wine Cellars & Oregon Wine Merchants
Address2441 Hilyard Street, Eugene, OR
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.
Address1025 SW Washington St, Portland, OR
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
Address251 NE Third Street, McMinnville
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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