Wine & Travel

Snooth User: Ed79wine

Oregon road trip

Posted by Ed79wine, Feb 5, 2014.

My wife and I are starting negotiations on a road trip from Ks to Oregon. Negotiations because she's not a wine drinker ): and I have a second love...Pinot Noir! I want to take the convertible F-Type, she wants to fly. I'm sure we will get those details worked out.

Suggestions on route through the state, what are must stopping points, how long should I make the trip, best time of year, and any other suggestions?


Reply by EMark, Feb 5, 2014.

Ed, I have no immediate advice for you (I'm sure others will jump in, here), but to get things started I would suggest that you look through the Forum archives.  While your question is a little more comprehensive than most, there have been several posts, here, asking for advice on Oregon visits or reporting on Oregon visits.

If you look to the upper right of your screen, you'll see box labeled "Search the Snooth Forum."  Type some key words into the box (e.g., "Oregon Trip" or "Oregon Wineries) and click on the "Search" button.

Reply by Rainbear32, Feb 5, 2014.

Hi Ed,

As an Oregon Native and wine-enthusiast (in training), you could not have picked a better state to traverse for Pinot Noir.  Any suggestions I could give you would solely be based on my bias of the small number of wineries that I have visited.  But here goes my 2 cents . . .

Oregon is broken up into several AVAs . . . in Southern Oregon you will find many fine winemakers ranging from powerful deep reds (Grenache, Tempranillo, Syrah, as well as some Pinot).  Moving up

I-5 toward the Willamette Valley you will hit the Mother Lode of Pinot Noir producers.  One of my favorites is Willamette Valley Vineyards.  

Further up the valley you would take a left and travel west into the Dundee Hills, Yamhill Valley , et al AVAs.  In this small region you will encounter upwards of 150 wineries, nearly all of which produce Pinot Noir.  Here are a couple great resources. . .


Steve Rankin

Reply by jackwerickson, Feb 5, 2014.

Ed my daughter and I are leaving the 20th of Feb to visit the Oregon wine country. We plan on spending 4 days in The willmette valley then 4days in walla walla then 4 in Seattle . Will send a report as we go along.

Reply by Ed79wine, Feb 5, 2014.

Thanks for the tips Rainbear and I look forward to your report Jackwerickson.

Reply by JonDerry, Feb 5, 2014.

Amalie-Robert, a must stop!

Reply by zufrieden, Feb 5, 2014.

So much wine, so little time.

Oregon has changed so much since I used to traverse the state in search of new little hidden niches where French varieties (such as the aforementioned PN) seem to have colonized in a manner most agreeable to any lover of liquid treasures of Burgundy.

Report your trip, and maybe I will fire up the sports coupe and reprise my earlier travels - hopefully without being stopped by Oregon State Troopers.  My wife is an alumna of the U. of O. so there is some moral suasion I might apply for at least a short trip.


Reply by vin0vin0, Feb 5, 2014.

Ed, here's a link to my report on our Oregon trip last year.

Oregon July 2013

Eugene was a neat place with a lot of character(s).  However, for truly amazing Pinots the McMinnville, Dundee, Newberg area cannot be beat this side of Burgundy (IMHO).

Haven't made it out to Umpqua Valley yet but it is on the to do list mainly because it is relatively unknown in the greater wine world and I love finding hidden gems.

Have fun and please report back.

Reply by napagirl68, Feb 6, 2014.

Vin0Vin0 has a great report linked!  It has been several years for me, but Sokol Blosser and Bethel Heights stood out.  We tasted Stoller Vineyards here on a virtual tasting on Snooth several years back, and I was impressed.  It still remains one of my fav. virtual tastings, and a winery I would like to viist:

Reply by ljh3721hubertus, Feb 6, 2014.

Come to Taste on 23rd and Ask for Leland or Ari in the Heart of Portland.  We would be happy to show you the valley from the local point of veiw and help you enjoy your moment in time.  - Leland

Reply by Lucha Vino, Feb 7, 2014.

I second Amalie Robert.  I have met the wine makers a couple of times when they have been up in Seattle.  Very nice people and wine.  I would also recommend Anam Cara.

If you get up to Portland check out the Portland Urban Wineries.

Have a fun trip!

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