Top Oregon Wineries to Visit for First-Timers
Updated: Feb 20, 2020
Oregon is the hottest wine region in the U.S right now. The wines are a perfect blend of Old and New World. Their Pinot Noirs have so much old world elegance like Burgundy, but with that New World touch. I am a huge fan of the wine scene in Oregon, and it looks like the wines will only improve in the years to come. With this new fame, there are more tourists heading to the Willamette Valley, however most wineries still don't have huge tasting rooms and a parking the size of a soccer field, like their southern cousins. Most wineries have tasting rooms in a barn or a small tasting popup room. I love this approach and urge my readers to go there before it changes. Located around 1 hour outside of Portland around the town of Dundee and Newberg, it is an easy day trip to make from the fantastic city of Portland. I spent a week last year travelling through the valley and you can find my full report here. However for those who are looking for a few wineries to visit as a day trip from Portland, I recommend the following three top wineries which perfectly showcase the Oregon wine scene. Note: None of the following wineries have paid to be on this list
1) Patricia Green Cellars - In loving memory of Patricia Green, these wines are some of the highest quality, reasonably priced Pinot Noirs I have ever had. Their wines are always sustainable, elegant and don't break the bank. This is an under the radar winery which needs to be on your watchlist. Wines to be available in Quebec soon! Their tasting starts from $40 per person, and is waived upon minimum purchase. It is also located right next to Beaux Frères as well which is my second recommendation. More information can be found here
2) Beaux Frères Vineyard - Part pig farm part winery, run by Michael Etzel, these have to be some of the top wines in Oregon. Tasting is done on a quaint little bench, or inside their tiny tasting room. It does not get any more rustic than this, their wines are just stunning though. Tasting fee is $40 to taste through the range, reservations required. More information can be found here
3) Evening Land Vineyards - Headed by one the most talented sommeliers in the world: Rajat Parr. These wines are from the Seven Spring Estate, one of the most famous vineyards in Oregon, the Grand Cru of Oregon, maybe? Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Gamay are produced from this stunning site. Tastings range from $10-25 in their downtown Dundee location, no reservations required. Vineyard tours are also possible from $65, reservations required. More information can be found here.
What are your favourite places to visit when in Oregon?