Spring has sprung, and we want to fill our goblets with the best that Oregon's wine country has to offer! Our Pinot Noir is unparalleled, and getting to taste it at the source is unreal. We've put together a list of our favorite day trips to Willamette Valley, a stone's throw from Portland proper. We'll highlight the public tasting rooms we know and love, and give you some insight into the beauty of nearby vineyards. Spend the day tasting all the best fermented grape options around, and let us know your faves! Before you get your wine on, make sure you...
Sokol Blosser has survived the boom of Oregon vineyards since its inception in 1971, grown and prospered as a family-owned and run operation, and they are proud to have been part of developing and shaping Oregon’s now prominent wine industry. SB's Wine Tasting Rooms are open Wednesday through Monday from 10am to 4pm for seated tastings. Each tasting experience lasts an ample 75-minutes. Flights are four wines starting at $35. Not too shabby, if we say so ourselves!
Indoor and outdoor seating available including covered pergolas and picnic tables on the lawn make for the perfect spot to enjoy wine with a view! Open 7 days a week 11am-5pm. Reservations recommended! Abbey Road Farm Winery and Tasting Room sits atop a stunning 82-acre site, where the Abbey Road team produce a diverse array of small-batch wines on-location with respect to old-world philosophies and a focus on modern techniques. Get to sipping!
Currently on winter hours, Lemelson Vineyards's Tasting Room open for tastings Friday through Monday 11am-4pm. With sweeping vineyard views and exceptional Pinot noirs, you're invited to share in an experience that is more than just a tasting room, it's the entire winery. The indoor/outdoor tasting space allows well-behaved, leashed dogs, too! During the cold weather, enjoy their outdoor seating next to a roaring wood-burning fire. Picnic blanket areas are also open underneath the grand evergreens looking down on the winery. It's almost too good to be true... but there it is! Visit ASAP, seriously.
The Résonance tasting room is located on a dramatic hilltop on an estate in Carlton, Oregon, the heart of Oregon Wine Country. Experience the harmony between the vineyards, their wines, and their people with public and private tastings. Walk among moss-covered, old-growth Oregon oak trees, and witness the breathtaking beauty of the sun-dappled Oregon Coast Range, as it rips apart cloud fronts coming in off the Pacific Ocean. Tastings start at $30 and include five current releases. That means you can go back often to try new ones!
Trisaetum not only has delicious wine at a tasting room open 11am-4pm daily, they also offer a delightful little charcuterie board with loads of local goodies including three meats, three Artisan Cheeses, Castelvetrano Olives, California Figs, Hazelnuts from Oregon and Croccantini Crackers. The tasting room features a 1,500 square foot gallery featuring the paintings of James Frey, Trisaetum's owner and winemaker. The name Trisaetum comes from the owners' two children's names: Tristan and Tatum! Adorable name, gorgeous location, and delicious wine... yes, please!