In 2016, Willamette Valley was named wine region of the year by Wine Enthusiast magazine. As one of the world’s premier pinot noir producing regions, Willamette Valley is a great place to visit if you love wine, but Pinot Noir in particular. Not only does this cool-climate region produce award-winning Pinot Noir that rivals some of the best around the world, but you’ll also find exceptional Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Blanc.
Of course, with nearly 600 wineries to choose from, how do you decide where to visit? We’ve compiled our list of the nine best places so you don’t have to. From hillside views to intimate experiences, go forth and explore the wonderful wines of Willamette Valley at any of these best wineries for newcomers.