Stretching from the Columbia River in the north to just beyond Eugene in the south, Oregon’s Willamette Valley has established itself as one of the most renowned wine regions in the world. It is home to over 500 wineries, encompassing over two-thirds of the state’s wineries.
The valley’s climate is relatively mild all year long, and extreme temperatures are quite uncommon. With its cool, wet winters and warm, dry summers, the Willamette Valley offers an ideal setting for wine grape production. The region is known as one of the best producers of pinot noir in the world, but there is no shortage of pinot gris, Chardonnay, Riesling and Cabernet Sauvignon found here.
We’ve taken a look at some of our favorite wineries throughout all of Oregon and Southwest Washington, from Pomeroy Cellars in Yacolt, Washington to Faith, Hope & Charity Vineyards in Terrebone, Oregon. But let’s zero in on the Willamette Valley to uncover some of its most prized wineries and vineyards. Use our interactive map to guide your wine tasting adventure in the Willamette Valley!
Adelsheim | Newberg
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Adelsheim is considered one of the pioneers of Oregon winemaking, so it’s only right to start here! David and Ginny Adelsheim purchased 19 acres in the Chehalem Mountains just outside of Newberg in 1971 and planted their very first rows of pinot noir along Quarter Mile Lane. Ever since, they have continued to pursue benchmark wines that celebrate the unique bounty of their estate vineyards, home to some of Oregon’s most diverse soil types, elevations and exposures. Adelsheim is also a local leader in sustainability, as they consistently strive to be wise stewards of their land and rally the community to do the same. In fact, they are a LIVE (Low Input Viticulture and Enology) certified sustainable winery in addition to a 2017 Wine & Spirits Top 100 Winery.
Visit the Adelsheim tasting room to sample their impressive wines every day of the week between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Wine flights range from $15 to $25 and the breathtaking views are free of charge.
Archery Summit Winery | Dayton
Situated in the Dundee Hills, Archery Summit Winery is a beloved Willamette Valley Winery offering a truly unique experience for guests. For over two decades, Archery Summit has been producing high-end pinot, Chardonnay and other wines, embracing traditional winemaking techniques all the while. Their painstaking efforts, from hand-farming to harvesting, have helped Archery Summit forge an international reputation as one of the world’s finest pinot noir producers.
Your visit to this renowned winery can take many forms — from a casual tasting in their tasting room to a private tour of their gravity flow winery and barrel caves. Opt for the signature tasting featuring four of their current vintage pinot noirs or delve a bit deeper with an Estate Tasting or the Past, Present and Future tasting.
Argyle Winery | Dundee
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Sparkling wine fanatics are most likely well aware of Argyle Winery, which has been recognized for their superb sparkling creations. In fact, Argyle is the only American winery to earn recognition in Wine Spectator’s “Top 100 Wines of the World” in three categories: red, white and sparkling. Sample all of the above at their ultra-modern tasting house located in a former hazelnut processing plant in Dundee. Choose from indoor and outdoor seating, and be sure to check out the Argyle Library, which holds an impressive collection of reserve wines dating back to Argyle’s first vintage from 1987. No matter where you are at Argyle, the airy and sustainable space is equally inspired as the wines they serve.
The winery is open for tastings Mondays through Thursdays between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. and Fridays through Sundays between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Bergstrom Winery | Dundee + Newberg
Bergstrom Winery is a family-run operation with roots going back to John Bergström, who grew up in a small agricultural and logging village in northern Sweden. He moved to Oregon as a young teenager and after many years spent in the medical field and raising five children, he founded Bergstrom Winery. Today, Bergstrom Wines has grown to include five estate vineyards totalling 84 acres that span across four of the Valley’s best appellations: The Bergström Vineyard, Silice Vineyard, Winery Block, Gregory Ranch and Le Pré du Col. Each estate vineyard is farmed without the use of harsh chemicals, systemic or fertilizers. The winery produces about 10,000 cases of sought-after wine each year, including two Chardonnays and nine different pinot noirs.
Bergstrom Winery offers two unique wine tasting experiences. The Cellar Tasting at their winery at the Chehalem Mountains in Newberg is ideal for those new to their wines. This semi-private tasting lasts about 45 minutes and is available by reservation only. The Ekollon Experience is an elevated tasting at the Bergstrom Vineyard in Dundee that lasts about two hours, as it includes a vineyard and garden stroll, a private seated tasting of limited production wines, and a chef-curated menu featuring seasonal and locally sourced bites.
Brooks Wines | Amity
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If you haven’t heard the touching history of Brooks Wines yet, you’re in for an emotional story. In 1998, Brooks Wines was started by visionary Portland native Jimi Brooks, who implemented biodynamic farming and was passionate about showcasing the region’s potential for expressive, complex and balanced Riesling and pinot noir. Brooks tragically passed away before the 2004 harvest and left the winery to his son, Pascal, who was only 8 years old at the time — and the country’s youngest vintner. Since Brooks’ passing, his sister, Janie, has volunteered her time to lead it and his longtime friend and winemaking accomplice, Chris, has continued to make Brooks’ wines. The primary wines produced at the winery include pinot noir and Riesling, plus an assortment of white blends. Brooks Wines is the only winery in the country to be a Certified B Corporation, a member of 1% For the Planet, and Demeter Certified for biodynamics.
Visit their beautiful tasting room to sip and savor a flight of six of their currently released wines, and accompany your wines with a bite to eat while you enjoy breathtaking views of Mount Hood and other Cascade peaks. Brooks Wines is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. In the meantime, check out Pascal’s Corner, where now-23-year-old owner Pascal provides updates as he gets older each year.
Chehalem Winery | Newberg
As stated on the Chehalem website, “You learn a lot about wine when you’ve been making it since 1990.” And that’s definitely the case for this renowned winery in the Dundee Hills. Founder Harry Peterson-Nedry pioneered the art of grape growing in Ribbon Ridge in the early ‘80s, when he purchased land and planted Ridgecrest Vineyards. Chehalem Winery was born in 1990, the year they released their first bottle: Ridgecrest Pinot Noir. Today, Chehalem still has undying reverence for the land and a passion for crafting excellent wines, which you can sample either at their tasting room and wine bar in Newberg or the winery itself.
The tasting room is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the wine bar opens each Friday and Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. Take your wine adventure to the next level with a visit to the winery, open by appointment only. Choose from two exclusive options, a private tasting and tour or a custom tasting and tour, both of which offer a private, seated tasting of 7–8 current releases paired with cheese and charcuterie. Each includes a tour of the winery and a visit to Corral Creek Vineyards.
Cristom Vineyards | Salem
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One of the longest-running operations in the state, Cristom Vineyards is a family-owned winery in Salem producing some extraordinary wines. Cristom was established by visionary founder, Paul Gerrie, and his wife Eileen in 1992, and is now run by second-generation winegrower and owner Tom Gerrie. Winemaker Steve Doerner and the tenured viticulture team are producing some elegant and dynamic wines, known by their hallmark style of whole-cluster fermentation by native yeasts. Their overall philosophy stems from their respect for the land and estate vines, and Cristom is proud to be Certified Sustainable by Low Input Viticulture & Enology (LIVE), both in their winery and their fields.
Cristom Vineyards is open to visitors seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. While reservations are recommended for groups of eight or more, you can walk in for a seasonal flight or estate seasonal flight. Or opt for a private tasting, available by reservation only.
de Lancellotti Family Vineyards | Newberg
Established in 2005, de Lancellotti Family Vineyards is passionate about farming great vineyards and sourcing the freshest pinot noir and Chardonnay. This family-owned operation is rooted in building from the ground up — starting with the planting of Paul de Lancellotti’s father-in-law’s vineyard in 1998, followed by the creation of Bergstrom Wines the following year, and the planting of their very own estate vineyard in 2001. Today, de Lancellotti wines are produced in a shared winemaking facility in McMinnville, where some of the finest pinot noir and Chardonnay wines are crafted. Ever since their beginning years, de Lancellotti has practiced biodynamic farming, a holistic practice of farming used for generations around the world. Their meticulous attention to detail, from planting to pouring, is evident when you take a sip of de Lancellotti wine.
Tasting at de Lancellotti Family Vineyards is available by appointment only. Choose the Origins Tasting Experience, which includes a tasting flight of awarded and limited production wines, plus information about their winemaking and biodynamic farming philosophies. Wine Club Members can choose to stay at the de Lancellotti Vineyard Lodge, which offers views of the vineyard and surrounding scenery.
Domaine Drouhin | Dayton
Embark on a journey to France with a visit to Domaine Drouhin, another renowned Willamette Valley winery that took inspiration from The Eyrie Vineyards. The Oregon estate was established in the late 1980s but the Drouhin family’s winemaking roots were planted in Burgundy a century earlier, when Joseph Drouhin moved from Chablis to Beaune and in 1880, founded Maison Joseph Drouhin. In 1957, third-generation winemaker Robert Drouhin first visited Oregon in 1961 and tasted Oregon wines in Paris and Burgundy in 1979 and 1980. It was then that he recognized that Oregon had the soil and climate to unlock the complexities and potential of pinot noir and Chardonnay in the United States.
Today, the winery operates under the motto “French soul, Oregon soil” as they are employing methods to create a darker and earthier style of pinot noir than you will find elsewhere in the state. In fact, Domaine Drouhin is considered the closest you can get to French wine in Oregon! Taste for yourself with a visit to their beautifully appointed tasting room and expansive terrace, both of which are open daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Currently, their tasting flight consists of five wines, including two Chardonnays and three pinot noirs, for $20.
Domaine Serene | Dayton
Situated in an idyllic setting in the Willamette Valley, Domaine Serene is one of the most elegant and majestic wineries in the region. This family-run winery began nearly 30 years ago, when the Evenstad family settled in the Dundee Hills and invested in a 42-acre hilltop estate that is now home to Domaine Serene. The family spearheaded the luxury wine industry in Oregon, and today produces outstanding, award-winning pinot noirs and Chardonnays. Domaine Serene produces wines from six individual vineyard estates, each offering a diversity of soils, clones, rootstocks, microclimates, slopes and elevations to add distinguished complexity and elegance to their wines. The winery has received a number of awards — most recently, a nomination for American Winery of the Year by Wine Enthusiast Magazine.
Visit this magnificent estate and tasting room, which is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Domaine Serene offers a variety of tasting experiences for different occasions, from a casual drop-in tasting to an exclusive, private tasting held in one of their caves.
Elk Cove Vineyards | Gaston
Established by the Campbell family in 1974, Elk Cove Vineyards began when there were fewer than 10 wineries in Oregon. Pat and Joe Campbell were true pioneers in the industry, and in 1979, their Riesling won gold at the Oregon State Fair, the Tri-Cities Wine Festival, and the Seattle Enological Society annual tasting. Today, while there are hundreds of wineries throughout the state, Elk Cove continues to rank as one of the top wineries in the region. Adam Campbell, Pat and Joe’s son, took over the production in 1995, and carries on the family tradition and vision. Elk Cove produces pinot blanc, pinot gris, Riesling, and Chardonnay, but pinot noir remains their benchmark wine. Don’t miss their delicious dessert wine blend, Ultima, for an extra special treat!
Elk Cove welcomes visitors every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Choose from a variety of tasting options, from a standard tasting room flight to a grand tour, available by reservation only. All the while, enjoy scenic views of the Winery Estate Vineyard and the Coast Range Mountains.
Hawks View Winery | Sherwood
Founded in 2007 and opened to the public in 2009, Hawks View Winery is a fairly new addition to the wine scene in Oregon, but is already making major waves. The late Jack Kemp, his wife, Willie, and their son, A.J. started the winery with a focus on pinot gris and pinot noir. Jack was driven by a vision that combined a world-class winemaking facility with a warm, inviting place to bring friends and family together. In 2017, the Ponte family became the new owners of Hawks View, carrying on the tradition and proudly following in the footsteps of the Kemp family. They have since maintained the family’s focus on crafting exceptional wine and providing an authentic and welcoming guest experience.
The Hawks View tasting room in Sherwood is open every day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Enjoy the elegant tasting room, the beautiful lawn, and breathtaking views of Mount Hood as you sip on their wine, available by the glass or bottle.
Penner-Ash | Newberg
In an often male-dominated industry, it is important to celebrate the many incredible female winemakers in our midst. Lynn Penner-Ash is the founding winemaker of Penner-Ash, which embodies the spirit and passion of a boutique producer. Lynn was the first female winemaker hired in the state almost 30 years ago when she started at Rex Hill Vineyards. In 1998, Lynn and her husband founded Penner-Ash Wine Cellars, which specializes in pinot noir, Syrah, and Riesling from the northern Willamette Valley. With a portfolio spanning the seven major AVAs of the valley, Penner-Ash sources from some of the region’s most distinguished vineyards, including the Shea Vineyard in Yamhill-Carlton, the Bramble Hill Vineyard in Ribbon Ridge, and the Zena Crown Vineyard in Eola-Amity. Lynn has been described as a master blender, skillfully working with each lot to bring forth the truest expression of a given vineyard site.
Experience the robust flavors of Penner-Ash wines at their tasting room, which is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Surrounded by estate vineyards, the sustainable gravity-flow winery seems to spring from the hillside, which allows stunning 360-degree views of the valley.
Ponzi Vineyards | Sherwood
This renowned winery was founded in 1970 by the Ponzi family, who played an instrumental role in putting the Willamette Valley on the map as a world-class wine region. Today, this winery in Sherwood continues to move forward and set the standard for exceptional pinot noir, pinot gris and Chardonnay. Just a short drive from Portland, the winery and modern tasting room overlook the Chehalem Mountains and surrounding vineyards.
The tasting room boasts fireside seating, a covered terrace, bocce ball courts, and panoramic views. Sample their finest wines alongside carefully selected food pairings. Ponzi Vineyards is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with a final pour at 5:15 p.m.
Sokol Blosser | Dayton
Sokol Blosser is a family-run winery that has stood the test of time. The parents of siblings and co-presidents, Alex and Alison Sokol Blosser, planted their first vines in 1971 when there was no substantial wine industry in Oregon. Today, Sokol Blosser continues to develop and shape the growing industry, creating world-class wines produced with sustainable methods. Each wine reflects the distinct flavors of their 87-acre vineyard, and Sokol Blosser has become one of the best known wineries in the valley.
The beautifully designed Scandinavian-style tasting room is open for tastings daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Soter Vineyards | Carlton
With a long-standing reputation as one of the most respected winemakers in California, Tony Soter took his career in Napa Valley north to Oregon Wine Country in 2001. Soter Vineyards’ Mineral Springs Ranch is situated on the eastern edge of the Yamhill-Carlton AVA on a 240-acre property. Here, Tony and his wife, Michelle, have worked together to consistently produce wines of the highest caliber in a way that respects the earth and its soil. They have focused on sustainability since day one, and all of the vineyards from which they source fruit are farmed in accordance with the LIVE certified sustainable standards.
Sample their pinot noir and Chardonnay wines at the winery, open by advance appointment only. Here, you’ll receive a semi-private, guided seated tasting or a more in-depth “Provisions” tasting focused on the art of food and wine pairing.
Stoller Family Estate | Dayton
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Old meets new at Stoller Family Estate, a winery nestled on 400 acres in the Dundee Hills. The Stoller family established the property in 1943 and the vineyard 50 years later. Here, the team controls every step of the winegrowing and winemaking process, from pruning to bottling, and every step in between. Over the last 25 years, they have maintained the legacy and traditions of the winery, producing award-winning wines that are balanced, complex and of the highest quality. Yet Stoller continues to push the boundaries on innovative environmental practices. In fact, the winery was the first in the world to receive LEED Gold certification. They were also named the Best Tasting Room in the Nation by USA Today in 2018!
It’s easy to see why — their eco-friendly tasting room is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Enjoy an expansive lawn, Adirondack chairs, frisbee golf, a tire swing — and of course, their award-winning wines.
The Eyrie Vineyards | McMinnville
No list of wineries in Oregon is complete without mention of The Eyrie Vineyards, as many consider this boutique winery the pioneer of winemaking in the state. This winery near the heart of downtown McMinnville was established in 1966, just a year after viticulturist David Lett planted the country’s first pinot gris and produced the first pinot noir and Chardonnay in the Willamette Valley. You could even argue that he established the artisanal spirit of winemaking in the state of Oregon. David’s son, Jason Lett, now harvests grapes from original vines planted over 50 years ago at the family vineyard. He has maintained the “gentle touch” winemaking method passed down from his father; this means picking grapes at an elusive point of maturity, where true varietal characteristics are at their peak — and before they become over-ripe.
You can visit the Eyrie Vineyards for a tour and seated wine tasting every Thursday through Monday, with appointments available for either the 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. seating. Tastings last about 60–90 minutes and generally seat no more than 10 people. Make a reservation in advance with OpenTable to reserve your seat.
What Willamette Valley wineries are your favorite? Share yours in the comments below — whether or not they’re on this list!