Planning a trip to the Willamette Valley in Oregon to tour wineries? You’re making a wise decision. The Willamette Valley is one of the most picturesque wine countries that also still possess that farm country vibe. Put your windows down and soak in the gorgeous rolling hillsides.
These are the Top 10 Wineries to check out now:
Although by appointment only, you will definitely want to start your day at Bergström. Located in Dundee, Bergström produces some of the finest Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs in all of Oregon, if not the US. As far as a tasting goes, the winery offers two different experiences, the Signature Tasting for those that are new to the wines, and the Ekollon Experience Preview. The Ekollon is an elevated tasting that allows you to taste through the wines, limited-production estate wines, library wines, a food-paring menu, and a tour of the vineyards.
16800 NE Calkins Lane
Newberg, OR 97132
Just down the road from Bergström is Adelsheim. Open 7 days a week, their friendly staff offers various flights ranging from $15 – $25. Adelsheim is a must visit, they were one of the pioneers in the Chehalem Mountains nearly 50 years ago. Sip on Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir from this stunning producer.
106 South Center St.
Newberg, OR 97132
You have to carve out time to visit Chahelem. They are one of the other pioneers in the Chehalem Mountains; the vineyards were planted in the early 80’s by Founder, Harry Peterson-Nedry, and the first to produce estate wines from Ribbon Ridge. Tableside group tastings are available for parties of 8 or more.
Shea Wine Cellars
Finally opened to the public! However, you’ll have to make an appointment and you should. Obviously they are owners of the famed Shea vineyard, but for years only sold their grapes to other producers, but now make incredible Pinots and Chardonnays from a small fraction of their vineyard.
Situated atop the Dundee Hills, Domaine Drouhin offers one of the best experiences in all of Oregon. Take in some of the most spectacular views while sipping on superb wines with a true French soul. The Drouhin family has been integral in wine production in Burgundy for decades.
The Four Graces
9605 NE Fox Farm Road
Dundee, OR 97115
Also in Dundee, The Four Graces is named after the four daughters of the winery’s founder. For $15 you get to taste through 5 of their estate wines. The historical farmhouse dubs as the tasting room and guests are encouraged to bring along snacks to enjoy a picnic out in the gardens.
Open to the public, but by appointment only, so you’ll want to schedule a time that’s right in your day. It’s certainly worth it though to taste through some of the best Pinots coming out of Oregon. Beaux Frères owns a contiguous vineyard of 30 acres that were planted in 1988.
When a domestic Riesling is honored 96 points from Wine Enthusiast, you might think about paying a visit. Located in Dundee, Trisaetum produces several estate (and award winning) Rieslings in conjunction with sparkling wines, Chardonnays, and Pinot Noirs.
9360 SE Eola Hills Rd.
Amity, OR 97101
Grochau is one of the newer kids on the block, however producing dynamite wines from organically farmed vineyards. Located in Amity, you’ll get to taste through a number of value driven wines and unique varietals such as Melon de Bourgogne and Gamay Noir. The Commuter Cuvée is hands down one of the best priced Pinots from all of Oregon.
6905 Spring Valley Rd NW
Salem, OR 97304
Cristom now has their second-generation family at the helm producing wines that are well known for their whole-cluster style of fermentation. Mostly a Pinot Noir house, however they do produce an estate Chardonnay and gorgeous rosé of Pinot Noir. Call ahead and reserve a picnic lunch for a different experience.