Willamette Dammit! Recommendations?

I'm headed to Willamette for a couple of days and wondering if anyone can recommend some wineries to visit in the

McMinnville, Yamhill-Carlton, and Eola-Amity Hills AVA's?

Thank you in advance!

Crystal

  • Love the Willamette - it is just magical! 

    a few of my favorites:
    - Walter Scott - one of my favorite NW Chardonnays - they require an appt
    - Lingua Franca - I believe they require an appt as well.
    - Bergstrom - I think they have a few options and locations as well
    - Evening Land - they have a tasting room but you can also schedule a vineyard tour which would be a great experience especially if they take you up to Seven Springs
    - Cristom - you can walk in here but you also have the option of scheduling a private tasting
    - Domaine Drouhin - the first of the French to have an outpost in Oregon - I believe they even offer a comparative tasting of Joseph Drouhin and Domaine Drouhin

    When you email or call these wineries also ask them where you should go - they definitely have more of an insider knowledge of the people that are available to taste and have the facility to host. 

    hope this helps

  • I second Jenica's recommendations. Brooks, Bethel Heights, Soter, and Antica Terra are good too!

  • Thank you so much! Will look into all of these! So much good wine...so little time!

  • They all look amazing! Its so hard to have to narrow it down.  I'm torn between Brooks and Cristom. Have either of you been to both? Thank you for your help!

  • In town, the S E Wine Collective is a cooperative winemaking facility grafted to a winebar/restaurant which is def worth a look.  It features the label Division Wines, a pioneer in Willamette gamay and chenin.  Kitty corner across Division St. is Division Wine (don't believe commercially attached to the wine label), a useful outpost. 

  • James Frey at Trisaetum is making some great wines and throws Riesling into the Willamette mix. You’re also a short drive from Hiyu Wine Farm in Hood River.  We had an excellent farm tour with Molly, delicious food pairings and darn tasty wines. 

  • Cristom and Brooks are probably my two favorites. Cristom is a must. They are a benchmark producer and I'd do a private tasting there. Brooks is a fun and casual place, their tasting room feels like a chill living room, and you could easily stop by for a quick visit. They are best known for their delicious Rieslings (great after tasting Pinot all day).

    You didn't ask for non-wine recommendations but Red Hills Market in Dundee and the backroom at Nick's in McMinnville are classic spots.

  • If you drive out to Hiyu, check out Cor, Idiots Grace, Analemma, and Syncline. 

  • I'd second Drouhin - have visited them in Beaune and in the Dundee Hills - both were amazing experiences. If you are in the Dundee Hills anyway, I'd highly recommend White Rose and Domaine Serene - both have open tasting rooms, no need for an appointment. Serene offers tours and higher-end tastings also with prior booking. Archery Summit is also quite lovely, and similar to Serene (can walk up to taste, but can also schedule higher end experiences). It's been several years, but I also had a great experience at Torii Mor. J. Christopher is a bit off the beaten path, but the views and the wines are totally worth the drive. And definitely talk to the folks in the tasting rooms - that's where I've gotten some of my best recommendations (e.g., White Rose and J. Christopher). 

  • I was just there last week. 

    My go tos are always Cristom and Bethel Heights but i stopped in Lingua Franca and those wines are also stunning. 

    I did not need an appointment at Lingua Franca as several tasting rooms told me they now talk walk-ins but an appointment is reccomended. 

  • Thank you Charles! Will take a look!

    • Thank you Anthony. I have heard great things about Trisaetum!