Willamette Valley
Willamette Valley
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Best known for its diverse agriculture, this verdant valley is flanked by the Coast Range and the Cascades.
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Kjk
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Family
Alas, the City of Sherwood, Oregon runs photo speed traps to catch unsuspecting tourists on their way to Willamette Valley wineries and wine tasting. They sure got me.

Stay out of Sherwood!
Written January 10, 2020
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Wills Wanderers
Salem, OR605 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
Visiting this green lush valley from Portland to Eugene is a great for anyone. There’s much to see and experience but it’s also only a hour to the Pacific Ocean or 2 hours to the cascade mountains. Vineyards, attractions, sightseeing, it has everything.
Written January 26, 2020
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Anish S
Chicago, IL773 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
Great day trip from Portland or find a hotel/air b&b in the area to make it a weekend getaway. We did a day trip, about an hour to hour and half drive from portland and did 3 different vineyards. had an amazing time - we were back in portland by 6 PM.
there are many vineyards you can visit, just depends on your preference and what you are looking for.
Written January 20, 2023
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J0hn_mc53
Portland, OR7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
I live in Portland but work 30 miles away at a winery in Yamhill. My drive to work in the morning is a highlight of the day as I drive through some of the most serene and beautiful countryside in the state. The Valley has so many wonderful attributes, but how many areas offer a great commute ?
Written March 22, 2020
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Carole Ann W
San Diego, CA50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Friends
There were 8 gals in my groups, celebrating our friend's milestone birthday. We flew into PDX, rented 2 cars and traveled south to Willamette Valley for a long weekend of wine tasting. What a weekend it was!!! We hired a driver to drive our car and we sampled some amazing wines at gorgeous vineyards. Here's a quick re-cap of my top picks, in this order:
1. Domaine Serene - elegant & beautiful!
2. Sokol Blosser - cool library rm and popcorn with great seasonings.
3. Stoller - great tasting rm & outside tables; can bring own food.
4. Argyle - right on Hwy 99. Champagne tastings. Lovely setting.
5. Durant - great gift shop. Makes own olive oil & can watch process and taste. Casual wine tasting room. Grounds are so pretty with olive grove, vineyards, lavender.
6. Domaine Drouhin - near #1. French family started. Nice views.
7. Hawks View Cellars -. nice tasting room and lovely grounds.
8. Archer - Bright tasting room. Cute seating, inside and out. Vineyard views. Kevin is great guy & wine pourer.

I hope this information is helpful...I researched for WEEKS before we traveled and we visited about 20 wineries....enjoy the fruits of my labor ;)
Written December 13, 2018
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Peter A
Scranton, PA88 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2013 • Couples
There are three things any oenophile traveling to the Willamette valley should know: it's Wil-LAM-ette (as the locals are happy to tell you,) the region is divided into smaller AVA's (or American Viniculture Areas) and many tasting rooms are in a store front and not a vineyard.

The absolute best thing you can do for yourself is get a copy of the valley brochure at http://willamettewines.com/, the official bureau of tourism for the region. It not only breaks the region up for you, and provides maps, but it also gives the opening hours of every tasting room. It is an indispensable resource and it's free. The regions are: Dundee Hills, Ribbon Ridge, Yamhill/Carlton, McMinnville and Amity/Eola Hills.

The most important facts to keep in mind are: not all wines are estate wines, not all wineries use locally sourced grapes and there are several different soil types in each region which imparts a different flavor into the wine. The locals don't seem to grasp why this is important to traveling wine enthusiasts, but you should. We bought some incredible 2007 Petite Syrah from a winery in Amity Hills, but we'll never be able to purchase it again. They sourced the grapes from somewhere else, and never did so a 2nd time. Estate wines mean consistency. It means that if I like it, I can get it again next year. I'm probably not going to get back here for a number of years, so in between I need to buy what I already know.

You should also know that many of the tasting rooms are only open certain days of the week and certain hours of the day. You have to plan your visit ahead of time otherwise you will be disappointed. That said, here's a real short overview of each region (with tasting notes intentionally left out.)

Dundee Hills

Mostly store from tasting rooms, although not all, and mostly open all week long. The soil here is volcanic, so IF the grapes used are locally sourced then the flavor will have a mineral taste to it and usually a pepper finish.

Ribbon Ridge

Nearly all vineyard tasting rooms with mostly marine sedimentary soil. They are mostly small batch vineyards that impart a smooth, soft finish to the wine. My personal favorite, when we went we met the owner/winemaker at 4 of the 8 vineyards we went to.

Yamhill/Carlton

Two regions treated as one, where Yamhill is mostly vineyard tasting rooms and Carlton is mostly storefront. The soil types are mixed, and they are mostly small batch vineyards.

A quick note about Carlton, unless you are visiting on a weekend DON"T WASTE YOUR TIME. If there are 15 wineries available in total: 5 you can taste at the winery itself, 4 are only open on the weekend, 3 are only open Thursday through Sunday and the remaining 3 open daily. That applies to the restaurants too, so unless you like baked goods (probably the best bakery I've ever been to aptly named The Carlton Bakery) don't bother.

McMinnville

Great town. A real example of the Pacific Northwest, it has a mix of vineyard tasting rooms and storefronts. The store front tasting rooms in town are excellent and most are open daily. Again, consult your guide.The soil types are mixed too, so the products are varied.

Amity/Eola Hills

Much like the Ribbon Ridge area: small batch wineries, tasting rooms at the vineyard, and very friendly people. Another favorite of mine.
Written September 6, 2013
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JvL
Kyoto, Japan39 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2011
Before heading out to the Willamette Valley to enjoy the scenery and the world-famous Pinot Noir wines, we were advised by another TripAdvisor journalist to hire a driver. What great advice! Spending time with John Swenson of Insider's Wine Tour allowed us to experience all of the best features of Oregon wine country from a "local's perspective." We will happily recommend John to anyone looking for the best way to tour this lovely valley.
Written May 26, 2011
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GeorgePortland_OR
Greensboro, GA311 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2011 • Friends
As a Portlander, I've led countless out-of-town guests on visits to wine country, and, to a person, they have enjoyed the excursion. The wine industry in Oregon is relatively young (1970s) but distinguished, especially for its pinot noir (Burgundy) wines. Keeping in mind that the Willamette (will-AM-ette) Valley runs much of the north-south distance in the state and has wineries throughout, the number within an hour's drive of Portland is immense. Part of the fun is the Wine Country architecture because a number of wineries have constructed beautiful wineries and tasting rooms. I'd recommend Stoller, Domaine Drouhin, and Domaine Serene for the wines and the views. Domaine Drouhin offers, by reservation, an intriguing comparative tasting of pinots made at their winery in Burgundy, France, and locally in Oregon. On the same road is an olive orchard that offers olive oil tastings and a very nice, small nursery of garden plants. Portland hotels can arrange a van or limo for a safe trip with numerous tastings.

Two other attractions nearby can be visited in the same day (if you start early) for a varied day in wine country. The Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum just outside McMinnville is stellar and features Howard Hughes' famously large Spruce Goose airplane and a Boeing 747, among other things. Across the Willamette River from Newburg in the agricultural countryside is Heritage Roses, one of the largest growers anywhere of old heritage roses and the newer varieties that favor fragrance and old-fashioned shapes, along with repeat blooming. The gardens are spectacular from late spring into fall.

Lunch options are varied in Dundee and Newburg. McMinnville offers some high quality restaurants and a great example of the local McMenamin's chain of historic buildings restored as hotels and pubs. The Evergreen Museum has two nice, modern cafes.
Written February 19, 2012
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NotABuckeye
Ohio111 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Couples
Follow signs West out of Portland for 99 S / McMinnville. There are a LOT of wineries between Portland and McMinnville, most clustered around Tigard.
The drive to McMinnville was worth the trip - several place offer wine tasting. Northwest Trading in McMinnville shipped wine home for us - some we purchased there and some we purchased at another location.
You can also make it a longer trip by cutting over to Highway 101 south of McMinnville and come up the Oregon Coast to Cannon Beach, then pick up Highway 26 back into Portland.
I not overly long day trip of wineries, Pacific Ocean and scenic drive.
Written May 28, 2014
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michelle W
Portland, OR92 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Friends
You can't do every winery here. It's not possible. And there are serveral AVAs ( American Viticulture Areas) in this valley alone. We selected the Dundee Hills AVA and visited three fabulous wineries on a recent trip. Plan to stay somewhere nearby so that you can add some lunches and dinners to your getaway. Some suggestions? Domain Drouhin, Domain Serene and Stoller for the wineries. The Painted Lady for their wine pairing dinners, Red Hills Market for their oven fired artisan pizzas or imaginative salads and sandwiches. You can even build a picnic for the wineries from their incredible collection of cheeses, provisions and other goodies. And as always start your day with a good brekkie from Babica Hen.
Written April 26, 2017
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