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“Winery offering a range of wines with reasonable tasting fee”

Montinore Vineyards
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Owner description: One of Oregon's largest vineyards, Montinore offers a fine selection of wines, and it is surrounded by beautiful countryside.
Worcester, Massachusetts
Level 6 Contributor
138 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Winery offering a range of wines with reasonable tasting fee”
Reviewed June 7, 2013

Unlike some of the pricer tasting rooms in the area, Montinore Vineyards offers some well structure wines with more than just the two trick ponies of Pinor Noir and Pinot Gris. Yes they do some lovely Pinor Noir and Pinot Gris but do not miss out on some exceptional gewurztraminer. I appreciated Forrest , the knowledgeable staff member whose passion about wine really enhanced our tasting experience . I appreciate the reasonable tasting fee of $5 and because I was not overcharged on the tasting fee, myself and my traveling companions all purchased bottles at the winery and we will buy from this winery in the future .

Visited May 2013
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Eagle, Idaho
Level 6 Contributor
153 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 191 helpful votes
“Good Wine + Warm Hospitality = Delightful Experience”
Reviewed April 20, 2013

At our first visit last week, we realized Montiore should have been on our destination wine tasting list long ago! Approachable wines, affordable prices, tasting menu of multiple varietals, friendly and knowledgeable hostess, and beautiful tasting room. Our expectations far exceeded, we left fans. The friendly set up and unpretentious, food-friendly wines make this a place with something for everyone except the most entrenched of wine snobs I'd guess

TASTING ROOM: Large and bright tasting room has a lovely interior with extra and cozy seating as you enter, in case you want to buy a glass or bottle and sit and sip. Lovely views from the tasting room. Level in accessible entry via paved ramp which leads from a couple of spots of accessible (aka ADA) parking. Other parking is down-slope of the tasting room with a flight of stairs up. Tasting room hours 11-5, seven days a week.

TASTING SET UP: For only $5 you can taste from a preselected set of six wines on a fixed card, or choose any five wines from their extensive list. We much prefer the latter format and appreciated we could choose our own. (The tasting fee is refunded with purchase.) On a scale of 1 to 5, Brittany the tasting room hostess gets 10 for congeniality and knowledge. She made the visit delightful all around.

THE WINES: Montinore wines are organic and produced with biodynamic methods. Varietals available to taste include Pinot Noir (several), a blended red called Rosso di Marchesi of estate grown Italian varietals and Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Riesling (several), Muller-Thurgau, Gerwirtztraminer, a blended white called Borealis using the estate grown white varietals, Port of Pinot Noir and dessert wines.

We particularly enjoyed and purchased the following...

...Almost Dry Riesling, a great acid balance and a very nice wine for summer or with spicy food.

...a delectable Port of estate grown Pinot Noir, which they send to the fabulous Clear Creek Distillery in Portland for fortification. (Delightful neighbor David Hill Winery does this with their great Port too. We who drink Port are all better for the winery and Clear Creek partnerships!)

...a blended red of estate grown Lagrein, Pinot Nero (Pinot Noir) and Teroldego called Rosso di Marchesi after owner Rudy Marchesi.


1) VERJUS: We appreciate that Montinore is one of the handful of Oregon wineries to produce Verjus. This unfermented juice of unripe grapes and makes a wonderful cooking ingredient for salad dressings, sauces (in particular for fish) or in braises. Montinore's is particularly a good one and a good value at $20.

2) NAME: Although one might assume Mon ti NOR ay as pronunciation given the founder's last name is Marchesi, the folks at Ardiri Winery (another winner) told us it is Monte NOR. For Montana and Oregon.

Visited April 2013
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Apopka, Florida
Level 4 Contributor
45 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“great christmas decorations!”
Reviewed October 15, 2012

This was a lovely setting with a neat room in back with the wine vats that has a multitude of glass and imported wooden decorations. The variety is truly amazing. I didn't taste the wine but enjoyed the setting and gift items.

Visited October 2012
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Amity, Oregon
Level 4 Contributor
41 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Montana in Oregon”
Reviewed March 27, 2012

This is a beautiful winery with great views and Great Wines. Did you know how the winery got it's name? People from Montana came to Oregon!

Visited September 2011
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Beaverton, Oregon
Level 3 Contributor
8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Country estate meets tasty wine!”
Reviewed January 20, 2012

I love the wine, the sales staff, and the views- I would be in heaven if I had all this daily!

Thank Tom G
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