16800 NE Calkins Lane
Phone: (503) 538-3652
Founded by David and Ginny Adelsheim in 1971, Adelsheim Vineyard is one of the Willamette Valley's most distinguished wineries, producing elegant pinot noirs, chardonnays, pinot gris and pinot blancs that reflect the region's best characteristics. In addition to tasting flights for drop-in visitors, the winery also offers a Wine + Cheese tour and tasting, under the guidance of one of its staff wine educators (reservations are required for the latter).
979 SW Alder St.
Phone: (503) 244-1748
Winemaker Maggie Harrison's signature wines include pinot noirs from an 11-acre estate vineyard on a rocky hillside in Eola-Amity Hills. And she also produces as estate chardonnay, her Lillian syrah, made with Santa Barbara County fruit, and others. Her wines, priced at or near triple digits, offer nuanced complexity, with her reds offering notes of ripe fruit, spice and smokiness that dance across your palate. The intimate 90-minute, food-paired Collective Tasting ($75) is available at the winery, whose unpolished exterior belies the elegance within. The 50-minute Core Tasting ($35), featuring Antica Terra and Lillian wines accompanied by duck liver terrine, is available at McMinnville's Atticus Hotel.
691 Highway 99W
Phone: (503) 538-8520
Centrally located at the base of the Dundee Hills, Argyle is the perfect spot for familiarizing yourself with the lay of the land. The still wines are great, but the true stars in the tasting room are sparkling wines, available in flights, with the makeup of the bruts, blanc de noirs and blanc de blancs changing slightly from vintage to vintage.
Brick House Vineyard
18200 Lewis Rogers Lane
Phone: (503) 538-5136
Doug Tunnell and his team produce 4,000–5,000 cases a year of pinot noir, chardonnay and gamay noir at this Ribbon Ridge winery. The grapes are grown on Tunnell's 40-acre biodynamically farmed estate vineyard, and the name refers to the brick house located in the middle of the farm, which houses the winery and tasting room. Appointments required.
Division Winemaking Company
2425 SE 35th Place
Phone: (503) 208-2061
Portland, Oregon, doesn't necessarily offer the type of rural surroundings you'd expect in a wine destination, but it does technically sit in the Willamette Valley. And urban Division Winemaking is a great winery to know about. Founded by Thomas Monroe and Kate Norris in 2010, Division produces an eclectic assortment of food-friendly varietals and blends, sourced from sustainably farmed vineyards in Oregon and Washington. The selection includes pinot noirs, syrahs, chardonnays, gamay noirs, chenin blancs, at least one aligote and others, produced in small lots. The offerings change as new releases replace sold-out bottlings. You can sample the latest and greatest by the flight, glass or bottle on-site at Oui! Wine Bar + Restaurant.
6750 NE Breyman Orchards Road
Phone: (503) 864-2700
The Drouhin family has been producing wine in Burgundy since the 19th century. At their elegant Dundee Hills tasting room, visitors can, among other things, compare the Drouhins' French pinot noirs to those produced in Oregon, while gazing at rolling vineyards stretching as far as the eye can see.
6555 NE Hilltop Lane
Phone: (503) 864-4600
This Dundee winery has received many accolades over the years, most notably having its flagship Evenstad Reserve Pinot Noir named the No. 3 Wine of the Year by Wine Spectator in 2013. In addition to casual drop-in tastings, the winery offers a variety of programmed tours and tastings that vary in duration and price. Among them, the 45th Parallel is a food-and-wine experience that allows you to compare Domain Serene's wines with those from Château de la Crée, its sister winery in Burgundy.
9360 SE Eola Hills Road
Phone: (503) 835-0208
If you raced bicycles in France's Loire Valley when you were in your 20s, you would have probably developed a passion for wine, too. That's what John Grochau did, before returning to his hometown Portland and gravitating from the restaurant industry to wine making. Today, he crafts food-friendly wines, sourced from top Willamette Valley vineyards, including pinot noir and chardonnay, plus gamay noir and melon de bourgogne (aka muscadet). The tasting room is open Fri-Sun.
Ken Wright Cellars
120 N. Pine St.
Phone: (503) 852-7010
Downtown Carlton resembles a life-sized version of a town you'd see on a model railroad set. So it seems only fitting that the tasting room for its most-lauded winery—and one of the finest in the entire Willamette Valley—is set inside a renovated 1920s train depot. Founder Ken Wright produces single-vineyard pinot noirs from 13 vineyards, as well as chardonnay, pinot blanc and a Walla Walla Valley syrah. Among his many accolades, his Abbot Claim Vineyard Pinot Noir was named the No. 1 wine in the world by Wine Enthusiast in 2012.
Lachini Vineyards: Estate Vineyards and Tasting Barn
18225 NE Calkins Lane
Phone: (503) 864-4553
The Lachini's team specializes in well-crafted pinot noir, chardonnay and pinot gris from grapes grown on its vineyard on Willamette Valley's Chehalem Mountain. It also sources pinot noir from another vineyard on California's Sonoma Coast, while its vineyard on Washington's Red Mountain produces fruit for its Bordeaux varietals.
Lachini Vineyards: Oregon Winery and Tasting Bar
19939 SW 112th Ave.
Phone: (888) 703-0007
Sample Lachini wines, as described above, only in a wine-bar setting, about 20 min from Portland, depending on traffic.
2761 E. 9th St.
Phone: (844) 693-6763
Established in Newberg, Ore., in 1999, Owen Roe has a well-established track record for crafting quality wines. Initially focusing on Willamette Valley varietals, primarily pinot noir, the owners purchased Yakima Valley land to produce warm-weather varietals. The picnic-friendly Oregon tasting room is about 5 minutes from downtown Newberg.
Ponzi Vineyards: Beaverton
14665 SW Winery Lane
Phone: (503) 628-1910
Founders Richard and Nancy Ponzi are among the Willamette Valley's wine pioneers, establishing their winery in 1970. Today their three children, including winemaker Louisa, run the family business, which continues to lead the way. Their Beaverton site offers an elegant, rural setting to sample select Ponzi wines, as well as selections from Hamacher Wines, produced by Louisa's husband, Eric Hamacher.
Ponzi Vineyards: Chehalem Mountain
19500 SW Montain Home Road
Phone: (503) 628-1227
As described above, the Ponzis are one of the Willamette Valley's pioneering wine families. Their recently opened, state-of-the-art Chehalem Mountain winery offers a stylish. modern setting for tasting amid the vineyards. With patio seating around the firepit, bocce ball courts and more, it's really more of a hospitality center than a tasting room.
5000 NE Sokol Blosser Lane
Phone: (503) 864-2282
Well-crafted estate pinot noirs, chardonnays, pinot gris, pinot blancs, rieslings and Mûller Thurgeaus reflect the characteristics of Dundee's terroir. The airy, modern tasting room is one of the valley's sleekest. Thanks to the winery's friendly and devoted fans, who tend to fill up the tasting room, it's also one of the most fun.
18323 NE Fairview Drive
Phone: (503) 538-2279
This 10,000-case-a-year winery focuses on pinot noir, pinot gris, chardonnay and other white varietals, best enjoyed in the garden patio outside its Dundee Hills winery tasting room. The grapes for its popular port are sourced from Southern Oregon. Pssst: try the port.
18401 NE Ribbon Ridge Road
Phone: (503) 538-9898
Pinot noir and riesling sourced primarily from three Willamette Valley subregions come together with pleasing complexity at this Ribbon Ridge winery, founded by artist James Frey and his wife, Andrea (the winery is named for their children, Tristen and Tatum). The Freys also produce sparkling wines and Bordeaux-style reds (the latter are sourced from Walla Walla's Seven Hills Vineyard), with the entire lineup available in flights in the tasting room, which doubles as an art gallery.
Willamette Valley Vineyards: Estate Tasting Room
8800 Enchanted Way SE
Phone: (503) 588-9463
With more than 500 acres of estate vineyards (pictured above) located in multiple valley locations, Willamette Valley Vineyards' barrel-aged pinot noirs reflect the best characteristics of the terroir through its Willamette Valley blends and vineyard-designate wines. The winery recently introduced luxury accommodations at the Estate Tasting Room.
Willamette Valley Vineyards: McMinnville Tasting Room
300 NE Third St.
Phone: (503) 883-9013
The winery's McMinnville tasting room brings its Willamette Valley blends and vineyard-designate wines to a convenient location among the historic district's tasting rooms, restaurants and shops.