Where is Willamette Valley?
Willamette Valley stretches over 100 miles south of Portland, Oregon and is home to arguably the best pinot noir in the country. Traveling from downtown Portland, it can range from a 45 minute to 1½ hour drive depending on your destination. A trip to taste some Oregon wines is the perfect day trip.
Willamette Wineries to Visit
I read that pinor noir takes up over 75% of all plantings in Willamette Valley, so it seems to be a specialty (and my favorite type of wine). So, with over 500 wineries to choose from, where do you start your quest to taste the best pinot noir in Oregon? If you choose to do a self-guided tour of the wineries in Oregon, start here.
The Modern Gem
Sokol Blosser | 5000 NE Sokol Blosser Ln, Dayton, OR
This gorgeous Willamette Valley vineyard has some amazing wine and quite a unique architectural design. The modern ambience is serene & intimate, making a great place to relax and wine taste, comfortably.
The Scenic Gem
Penner Ash | NE Ribbon Ridge Rd, Newberg, OR
Visit this vineyard for the best view of the Oregon wine country. This estate is tucked away at the peak of the Dundee Hills providing the most glorious views of the valley and great wine.
The Family Friendly Gem
Stoller Family Estate | 16161 NE McDougall Rd, Dayton, OR
One of the more notable vineyards in Willamette Valley and for good reason! It’s the perfect family getaway, while you enjoy some of the best pinot noir you’ve ever had. The tasting room is great for large groups.
When is the Best Time to Visit Oregon Wineries?
For the ideal weather conditions, the summer is a great time to visit the Oregon vineyards. Oregon summers bring brisk, cloud-free views of Mount Hood with the temperature lingering in the mid 80’s. Harvest season is early to mid-fall, which is probably the most exciting time for fellow wine enthusiasts and the vineyard leaves turn colors making it quite the fall experience. Being in the Pacific Northwest, it can be a gamble to expect your trip to be rain-free in the fall and spring. Nonetheless, you can expect amazing wine.
Have you tried the pinot noir in Willamette Valley? What wineries did you visit? Let me know in the comments below!