The 8 Best Wineries in Oregon for Newcomers

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  • on JUNE 15, 2015
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Come to Oregon Wine Country for the wide array of wine tasting experiences and linger for the region’s breathtaking views. First first time travelers to the area can find a host of outstanding wineries that provide fun and informative tours for aficionados and novices alike. The following wineries are some of the largest in the region and a must try for individuals getting familiar with the area.

Sweeping Views and Sustainable Wine Serving

Image Source: King Estate Winery

King Estate Winery
80854 Territorial Hwy
Eugene, OR 97405
(541) 942-9874
TripAdvisor: 4.5 stars, 231 reviews

Across 30 acres of organic gardens and orchards, King Estate Winery pairs their Northwest wines with regional cuisine. The King Estate wine tour offers sweeping landscape views of vineyards, hills and (on a clear day) the magnificent Cascade Range. A special attraction is the Estate’s four tap wine keg system, a sustainable method of serving wine that has led the winery to receive certificates of sustainability from Oregon Tilth and Salmon Safe.

A Touch of Scandinavia in Oregon Wine Country

Image Source: Sokol Blosser Winery

Sokol Blosser Winery
5000 NE Sokol Blosser Ln
Dayton, OR 97114
(503) 864-2282
TripAdvisor: 4.5 stars, 64 reviews

Reviewers rave about the modern Scandinavian look of Sokol Blosser Winery’s tasting room, with its beautiful wood, skylights and windows displaying a striking vista of vineyard-covered hills. After tasting favorite wines and snacks in the Main Room, visitors wander out to The Front Porch for more stunning views of the Willamette Valley and Dundee Hills. The winery tour includes a walk through the limited-access LEED-certified Barrel Cellar.

An Insider’s Look at Limited Production Wines

Image Source: Erath Winery

Erath Vineyards Winery
9409 NE Worden Hill Rd
Dundee, OR 97115
(503) 538-3318
TripAdvisor: 4 stars, 45 reviews

Erath Vineyard Winery, founded by engineer-turned-viticulturist Dick Erath, offers a guided tour through their limited production wines, library favorites, and current releases. Enjoy a classic Oregon Pinot while taking in the sweeping views of Dundee’s picturescque Jory Hills.

 

Distinctive Wines Served in an Historic Setting

Image Source: Argyle Winery and Oregon Live

Argyle Winery
691 OR-99W
Dundee, OR 97115
(503) 538-8520
TripAdvisor: 4 stars, 45 reviews

Argyle Winery, located in a historic farmhouse in downtown Dundee, is committed to responsible, sustainable vineyard and winery practices. The Winery’s 120-acre Knudsen Vineyards produce distinctive wines with ripe fruit flavors and an earthy, spicy old-vine character. The classic barrel room and cellars are being converted into a brand-new wine hospitality center and tasting room, slated to open to visitors in summer 2015.

 

Great Pinot Noir and an Underground Cellar Carved From a Volcanic Flow

Image Source: Willamette Valley Vineyards

Willamette Valley Vineyards
8800 Enchanted Way SE
Turner, OR 97392
(800) 34409463
TripAdvisor: 4.5 stars, 56 reviews

The folks who make high quality, sustainably grown Pinot Noir and other cool climate varieties are proud of their distinction as “One of America’s Great Pinot Noir Producers” by Wine Enthusiast magazine. Be sure to check out the winery and underground cellar, carved into the top of an ancient volcanic flow.

“Wonderful Wines” and an NBA-Decorated Tasting Room

Image Source: REX HILL Winery & Vineyards

REX HILL Winery & Vineyards
30835 N. Hwy. 99 W.
Newberg, OR 97132
(800) REX-HILL
TripAdvisor: 4.5 stars, 28 reviews

Reviewers rave about REX HILL’s “consistently wonderful wines.” Family-owned since its founding in 1982, the winery boasts a tasting room filled with lovely European antiques, exhibits of Willamette Valley soil types, and even NBA basketballs (Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs is one of the partners).

Outstanding Pinot Noir and a View of the Coast Range Mountains

Image Source: Elk Cove Vineyards

Elk Cove Vineyards
27751 NW Olson Rd.
Gaston, OR 97119
(503) 985-7760
TripAdvisor: 4.5 stars, 22 reviews

The 50-acre estate vineyard, site of Elk Cove’s winery, is among the higher vineyards in Oregon, reaching an elevation of 750 feet. Visitors to Elk Cove’s tasting room enjoy carefully selected Pinot Noirs while taking in a spacious view of Oregon’s Coast Range mountains.

Find out more about the wide array of outstanding wineries to explore in Oregon Wine Country and don’t forget to vote for your favorite winery below!

Main Image Source: Elk Cove Vineyards


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