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Wineries to Tour in the Willamette Valley?

Posted by AOB, Jul 22, 2009.

I'm looking for some good wineries to tour in the northern region of the Willamette Valley, preferably between Portland, Salem and the coast. Any suggestions? (Relatively low tasting prices are a plus, but I'm open to anything you have to recommend.)

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Reply by John Andrews, Jul 23, 2009.

AOB ... when I went to Oregon a little while ago there were no tasting fees or, if there was, it wasn't more than $10.

Wineries I visited that I liked:

- Domaine Serene
- Ponzi
- Witness Tree
- Panther Creek

Next time I go I want to visit Domaine Droughin as I have recently tasted their wines and love the stuff.

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Reply by Julia Crowley, May 22, 2012.

Hi AOB,

Dundee has a lot of stellar wineries, and it's located in the exact area you're mentioning (between Portland, Salem and the Coast). You will need to check with the wineries regarding tasting fees, but some of my favorite Willamette Valley wineries in Dundee are:

The Four Graces, Argyle, Dobbes Family Estate, Archery Summit, Sokol Blosser, Torii Mor, Domaine Serene and Domaine Drouhin. 

Have fun ~ cheers! 

PS: Just saw the date on this one: 2009...hope you had a great trip to the Willamette Valley!

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Reply by dmcker, May 23, 2012.

Hey there, Julia. There are a number of other threads (and articles from GDP) which discuss some of the same wineries. You can find them with a Forum search.

Glad to see you like some of the same wineries I do! Though you don't mentione them, what also do you think of Shea (and Auteur which though based in Sonoma has a Shea Vineyard bottling) and Soter?

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Reply by Lucha Vino, May 25, 2012.

Check out the Urban Portland Wineries.  I went to a recent release party for Helioterra and Vincent and they both had great Pinot Noirs at decent prices.  Grouchau is another one to check out.  They have a wider selection of wines and they are all stellar.  Plus the winemaker is a bike racer :-)

Here is a more detailed review of my experience

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Reply by Julia Crowley, Jun 8, 2012.

Hello dmckr and Lucha Vino - thank you for your respones!

dmckr: Bergstrom makes an inredible Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir (2010 I think was the last on I tried?) Anyway, it was young, with great aging potential, and the flavors popped...I loved it. About 6 months ago, I tried the Shea Wine Cellars '09 Estate Pinot Noir - and the velvety texture and fabuluos structure really caught my attention. I haven't had Auteur and Soter, I'm embarrassed to say, I haven't tried any of their vintages yet...but they are on my list! 

Lucha Vino - I am going to check out Urban Portland Wineries & your experience right now...and just last week, I tried Helioterra's '11 Pinot Blanc, and it was outstanding - zingy, zesty, racy, peppy!  Cheers ~

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Reply by smithdaj54, Jun 8, 2012.

Enjoy your time, being from the area I try and get down there monthly so let me know if you have any questions!  The tasting fees have unfortunately sky-rocketed at some that are getting more noteiriety, I see this as both good and bad.  Adelsheim, for instance, $25 tasting fee!  Utlimately good for the area though I guess.  I'd recommend the following:

Pinot (and some damn good Chardonnays):

  1. Willakenzie  (they have it narrowed down to clone differentials in their tasting room, great experience for the Pinot fan!)
  2. Lange
  3. Stoller
  4. Winderlea
  5. Tori Morr
  6. Archery Summitt
  7. Sokol Blosser
  8. Domain Serene
  9. St. Innocent (as mentioned before, they take from the Shea vineyard, a grand cru level vineyard in Oregon!)
  10. WIllamette Valley Vineyards

Other Reds

  1. Carlton winemaker's studio (it's like a winemaker's co-op...great diversity).
  2. Zerba
  3. Duck Pond

When in Portland check out Liner and Elsen on Saturday and then Joe Grochau Cellars in NW Portland.  Hope you enjoy your time!

 

 

P.S.  Just saw the date...grrrr...anyone, my recommendations still stand!  :-P

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Reply by jtryka, Jun 8, 2012.

When I lived in PDX, I used to just stop at whatever winery seemed appropriate as I was driving to the Spirit Mountain casino!  There are so many on 99W, and yes, there are many good suggestions here, but it would be hard not to find some good wine even if you drove it blindfolded! (I am NOT suggesting that!).  In any case, good luck and tell us how it turns out!


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