The Willamette Valley is the place to go for wine tasting. The Willamette Valley, is the leading wine region in Oregon. Home to more than 500 wineries, you really can’t go wrong with a trip to Oregon’s wine country. The Willamette Valley is one of the premier Pinot Noir producing areas in the world! The pinot grapes make up 73% of all wine grapes grown in the Willamette Valley. With so many choices, its actually really hard to pick the “best” wineries, but these are truly some of the best wineries in the Oregon to visit. There is a mixture of small, family run wineries, to huge estate vineyards. Not only is the wine delicious but the Willamette Valley has some of the best scenery in Oregon, with rolling green hills, and coastal mountain ranges. Only an hour from Portland, its can be a quick day trip or the perfect place for a romantic weekend away. We have the list of the best Willamette Valley wineries to visit.
Best Wineries to Visit in the Willamette Valley
Hawks View Cellars
This is our favorite- mostly because it has great wine (duh!) but also it’s the closest to Portland. Located in Sherwood, its a quick trip to enjoy some great scenery and wine, or you can make the way further down Willamette Valley to explore more wineries. Hawks View has 50 acres of Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. You’ll find gorgeous views of Mt Hood from the tasting room and patio. Our favorite wine from Hawks View is the white Pinot Noir, made with red wine grapes, making it fuller than most other white wines. Theres a reason this is one of the best Oregon wineries to visit!
- Tasting fee: $20 for 4 tastings
- Open daily 11am-7pm
- Address: 20210 SW Conzelmann Rd, Sherwood, Or 97140
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Penner-Ash Wine Cellars
Owner and winemaker Lynn Penner-Ash was the first female winemaker hired in Oregon when she was working for Rex Hill Vineyards. Her and her husband, started Penner Ash in 1998, and the winery had its first harvest in 2005. The winery is nestled in the hills and from the tasting room you can enjoy a breathtaking 360 degree view of the valley.
- Tasting fee: $25 for 4 tastings, waived with a bottle purchase of a Single Vineyard Designate Pinot Noir or equivalent
- No outside food or drink
- Open daily 11am-5pm
- Address: 15771 NE Ribbon Ridge Rd Newberg, OR 97132
The Four Graces
Just south of Newberg, in Dundee, The Four Graces is a sustainably farmed vineyard producing rich and complex wines. The tasting room is a historic farmhouse with garden seting, used to familiarize visitors to the great wines of the Willamette Valley. Guests are encouraged to walk about the vineyards.
- Tasting fee: $15 for 5 wines
- Open daily 10am-5pm
- Address: 9605 NE Fox Farm Road, Dundee OR 97115
Winters Hill Estate
35 acres of Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Blanc fill the vineyards. A small, friendly tasting room, you’re guaranteed to have a great time tasting the wines from Winters hill. The property includes a pond and walking trails.
- Tasting fee: $15 for 5 tastings – refunded with 2 bottle wine purchase
- Dogs are allowed outside
- Open 11am-5pm, closed Tuesdays
- Address: 6451 NE Hilltop Ln, Dayton, OR 97114
Vista Hills Vineyard
42 acres of vineyard located atop the Dundee Hills. Vista Hills is a family owned and operated winery, with a treehouse for the tasting room. The high elevation on top of the hills allows for slow ripening conditions and great panoramas.
- Tasting fee: $15 for 5 tastings
- Open daily 11am-5pm
- Address: 6475 NE Hilltop Lane, Dayton, OR 97114
If you like fancy places, Domaine Serene winery is for you! An upscale winery located on 42 acres, produces Pinot Noir from 6 vineyard estates, spanning three Willamette Valley AVAs.
- Tasting Fee: $20
- no outside food or drinks
- Open daily 11am-5pm
- Address: 6555 NE Hilltop Lane | Dayton, OR | 97114
De Ponte Cellars
De Ponte is home to one of the oldest vineyards in the Willamette Valley. The winemaker, Parisian-born Isabelle Dutarte, has been the lead winemaker at De Ponte Cellars since the winery’s first Pinot Noir release in 2001. Known for the Pinot Noir and the delicious Melon de Bourgogne. 20 acres estate vineyard in the Dundee Hills plus an additional 8 acres in the coastal mountain range. This is right up our alley-small living room style tasting room, family run, great wine, and gorgeous views! The stop at De Ponte was much more personal than some of our other visits.
- Tasting Fee: $15 for 5 tastings
- Open daily 11am-5pm
- Address: 17545 Archery Summit Road | Dayton, OR | 97114
Stoller Family Estate
Stoller has a gorgeous 4000 feet tasting room, with floor to ceiling glass windows that open during the summer. The view at Stoller is different than most wineries in the willamette valley, as you see an Incredible view looking up at the vineyard, as opposed to most wineries that look out onto the valley. Stoller has the most delicious rosé, easily making it one of the best wineries in the Willamette Valley.
- Tasting Fee: $15, waived with the purchase of 2 bottles
- Open Monday-Thursday 11am-5pm, Friday-Sunday 11am-7pm
- Outside Food and Dogs are allowed
- Address: 16161 NE McDougall Rd | Dayton, OR | 97114
Where to stay in the Willamette Valley
The Vintages Trailer Resort
If you’re looking for a unique place to stay, the Vintages trailer resort is it. Centrally located between Dundee and McMinnville, The Vintages Trailer Resort has their own street in the Willamette Wine RV park. Each trailer is decorated uniquely, with cruiser bikes, pour over coffee, robes, bbq grill, and heated pool and hottub. Super close and convenient to enjoy the best Willamette wineries.
Inn at Youngberg Hill
A bed and breakfast located in McMinnville, has 4 king suite and 4 queen guest rooms. The Bed and breakfast overlooks the vineyard, and sweeping views of Mount Jefferson, Mount Hood, and the Willamette Valley. The perfect location for a comfortable and peaceful stay.
The Allison Inn and Spa
If you are celebrating a special occasion, or just want to spoil yourself, book a night at The Allison. The Allison Inn and Spa is a luxury resort located on 35 hillside acres, with gorgeous views of the Willamette Valley. Includes a delicious onsite restaurant, fitness studio, indoor swimming pool, massages, facials, and other salon amenities.
Atticus is a luxury lifestyle hotel in downtown McMinnville. The new hotel shows the love of the city and Oregon’s Wine Country. RIght in the heart of the Willamette Valley, Atticus Hotel prides itself on the community and giving back to the community. Enjoy a luxurious stay while enjoying Oregon’s wine.
Where to eat in Willamette Valley
Red Hills Market
Local foods with a variety of cheese, charcuterie, beer, and wine. A gathering place for local farmers, chefs, and winemakers. The restaurant offers locally sourced, hand-crafted sandwiches, salads, soups, and seasonal dishes.
- Address: 155 sw 7th st, Dundee, OR, 97115
- Hours: Open daily 7am-8pm
Babica Hen Cafe
Delicious and local food. Everything is so fresh, and the service is phenomenal. Gluten free options available. Serves breakfast (until 2pm), lunch, and dinner every day. Patio seating available in summer months, dogs allowed.
- Address: 1410 N. Highway 99W, Dundee, OR
- Hours: Open 8am-9pm
Opened in 1999, as the first fine-dining restaurant in Oregon wine country. The Dundee bistro focuses on seasonal and sustainable ingredients.
- Address: 100-A SW Seventh Street, Dundee, OR 97115
- Hours: Open daily 11:30am- 9pm
The Jory Restaurant
Located at The Allison Inn and Spa, the Jory is a luxury farm to table restaurant located in the heart of the best Willamette Valley wineries. With a big emphasis on seasonal ingredients, a huge wine list, and thoughtful service.
- Address: 2525 Allison Lane, Newberg, OR 97132
- Hours: Open 6:30am-9pm, with weekend brunch from 9am-2pm
When is the best time to visit Oregon Wine Country?
Harvest is usually from September-November. The vineyards will be full of grapes, and the fall colors will be in full swing. However, there is a high chance of rain. If you don’t like rain, the summer is the best time, but also the busiest time. To take full advantage of the sweeping views from the best wineries in Oregon Wine Country, we recommend visiting during the summer, as the days are more likely to be clear. The best time to visit the Willamette Valley is on a clear, sunny day, to fully enjoy the views.
Other things to do in the Willamette Valley
- Ride in a hot air balloon at Vista Balloon – fly over Oregon’s wine country in a hot air balloon.
- Visit the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum in McMinnville – Perfect for families with kids, the museum is complete with exhibits, a movie theater, and indoor water park.
- Not technically in the Willamette Valley, but if you’re visiting in the spring, the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival is a must-do in Woodburn, Oregon.
Oregon Wine Country has some of the most beautiful views! With an abundance of delicious Pinot Noir, green rolling hills, and sweeping views of the valley, its the perfect getaway weekend. There are over 500 wineries in the Willamette Valley, which is where the term “Oregon Wine Country” comes from. We may be biased, but if you love wine, you’ll love to visit the top wineries in Oregon.
Have you visited any wineries in Oregon? What is your favorite winery in the Willamette Valley?
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I didn’t know that there are so many wineries in Oregon! I’d love to do a wine tour next time and do the Vista Balloon!
Looks beautiful. I didn’t realize Oregon had so many wineries.
Thanks for this wealth of information! I’ve been dreaming of getting back up to Oregon someday and the wineries hadn’t even occurred to me!
I love Stoller! Penner Ash is amazing also!
Looks like a wonderful way to spend a weekend! I’ve never visited Oregon but I am always pleasantly surprised when I discover articles like this packed with info about what to do there. As others have said I didn’t realise there were that many wineries there either. The vintage trailers are a nice touch, too!
Omg, did you visit all those winery? You made me yearning for a glas of wine now 😀 Such a detailed list, thanks!
We recently just spent a week there and absolutely loved it!
Wow! So many good wineries in Oregon. I wish I could visit. And the pictures of the sky against the winery look absolutely lovely.
Looks so fun! I love wine tasting. The wineries in Oregon look so beautiful. It looks like y’all had such a great time.
This post is so full of valuable information! THANK YOU!
You know I’ve never done a wine tour but I think they sound like so much fun! In fairness I have only started to actually like wine, but if I go to Oregon I will check these out!
LOVE how comprehensive your guide is! I recommend adding Soter Vineyards to your list one day as that is my fav place in Willamette Valley for wines so far!
Haha love that last photo of you! Wine tasting is awesome. This is a great guide, I never knew there were so many good places there!
Thank you for the post. My wife and I are leaving in 3 weeks and plan to spend the week traveling there. We are actually staying in a cabin located in the middle of a vineyard. This will be our first trip to Oregon so the timing of your post could not have been better.
I didn’t even realize that Oregon had a wine region! It looks so beautiful and your guide is super comprehensive and helpful. I moved to San Francisco a year ago so I am hoping to visit Oregon for the first time soon 🙂
The more I hear about Williamette Wine Valley, the more I want to pack up a car and head to Oregon! I had always heard about the beer, but now I want to visit for the beer and the wine!
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Thank you this is very useful. Have added pics to my wine tasting board on Pinterest.