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Oregon, the coastal state in the U.S known for its varied culture, picturesque mountains, dense forests, etc. The state is home to both urban and country lifestyles, loaded with cute coffee shops, micro-breweries, and farm-to-table restaurants around the city of Portland. Amidst all the good qualities mentioned above, Oregon also attracts wine enthusiasts from all over the world to indulge in a marvelous experience of wine tasting in the various wineries and vineyards. It’s no secret that this Pacific Northwest Coastal state is one of the best wine producers in the world. However, with so many cities and wineries to explore, it’s hard to choose which one to visit. We have curated a list of excellent wineries and vineyards within Oregon that you could hit with your loved ones and engage in once in a lifetime experience tasting the most elegant pinot noir, cabernet sauvignon, and know more about them and its producing process. You can also bless your tastebuds with some of the best Bohme chocolates infused with wine and brandy while you head back. Some of the wineries included in this list are located along Central Oregon, where they use creative new methods to produce wine.
1. The Eyrie Vineyards
Established in the year 1966 near McMinnville by David Lett, a renowned viticulturist, this vineyard is known for the “gentle touch” method of producing one of the best pinot noirs in Oregon. David was among the first to plant the pinot noir and make the most elegant pinot noir and chardonnay in the whole Willamette Valley. Now Jason lett administers his father’s inheritance and continues to use the same gentle touch method of picking the grapes at the stage where it’s varietal qualities are at peak to achieve the best results. The Eyrie Vineyards and the tasting room remains open from noon to 5 PM every day. Your experience of tasting wines in Oregon is incomplete without setting foot in Eyrie the Vineyards to sip on the most exceptional pinot noir.
2. Domaine Serene
Next on the list is this majestic, and the most elegant vineyard commenced nearly 30 years ago in a perfectly picturesque location in the Willamette Valley. Started by the Evenstad family in the 42 acre-hilltop estate is now known as the Domaine Serene. The estate produces wine from six different vineyards, each of them with a diverse characteristic. The diversity of the soils, microclimate, and the slopes is what adds a touch of elegance to their wines. The Evenstad family runs the Domaine Serene and has established a renowned family name in the luxury wine industry of Oregon. The best part about this estate is the private tasting that happens in one of their caves. The casual drop-in tasting welcomes visitors from 11 AM to 5 PM every day in the tasting room. Experience the elegance of Domaine Serene and their wines in the heart of nature.
3. Ponzi Vineyards
Established in the year 1970 by the Ponzi Family, Ponzi Vineyards beholds an excellent reputation for its wines. The Ponzi family also played a vital role in making the Willamette Valley wine region a place for known exceptional wine in the whole world. In recent times, the winery has obtained enormous popularity for producing the daintiest chardonnay, pinot noir, and pinot gris. The Ponzi Vineyards offers a beautiful view of the neighboring vineyards and the Chehalem Mountains, located just 30 minutes away from Portland. This place exudes both classic and cozy vibes as the tasting room offers a lovely fireside seating, beautiful views of the mountains from the beautiful closed terrace and a bocce ball court as well. You could taste some of the best pinot noir accompanied by delicious food delicacies from 11:30 AM to 5:30 PM every day.
4. Rex Hill
Rex Hill boasts of the elegant pinot noirs it produces through their practical winemaking practices for the past 30 years now. It’s one of those places where you could enjoy the nicest chardonnay and pinot noir wines in a vintage rustic tasting room. The strong pillars of this winery are its hand-picked limited release wines produced in small quantities that visitors can enjoy for 15 USD per person. On the contrary, a collection of vintage wines known as the reserve flight costs 30 USD per person. Hit the Rex Hill winery between 10 AM to 5 PM, seven days a week.
5. Anne Amie Vineyards
Amidst all the traditional vineyards, buckle up to indulge in a unique experience of wine tasting that includes activities like stargazing, wine and food festivals, etc. This vineyard hosts many events like “Counter Culture,” urban street food and wine festival where visitors can relish world-class street food alongside their best in class choices of wine. Also, in collaboration with the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, they host “Planets and Pinot,” an exclusive stargazing event to have a look at the stars and neighboring planets through mobile telescopes. That’s not all, visitors get to carry blankets, picnic dinner and set it up on the beautiful grounds to watch the sunset through the valley during the “Sun Sets” event hosted by the Anne Amie Vineyards. .
On the whole, Oregon Wine Country is a paradise for wine enthusiasts who love to spend their day in the valleys sipping on some world-class pinot noir and chardonnay with friends and family. Apart from the wineries and vineyards mentioned above, there are tons of vineyards that host several events and concerts, blind wine tastings to offer a unique wine tasting experience to their visitors.