A Personal And Custom Vineyard Tour
Explore Oregon’s diverse and distinct winegrowing regions
You can visit the scenic Oregon coast, our volcanic Cascade Mountains, and deserts that stretch as far as the eye can see. If you’re looking for world-class Pinot Noir, outstanding Chardonnays or superb Syrah, Oregon wineries are waiting for you.
With 19 approved winegrowing regions and more than 760 wineries producing 72 varieties of grapes, Oregon is blessed with some of the most diverse and beautiful wine-growing landscapes in the world. From the highlands soaring above the Columbia River Gorge to the Willamette Valley’s green, rolling hills to the deep valleys of Southern Oregon, there are some incredible sights to behold and some incredible wines to taste. The regions listed below are easily accessible on a day trip from the Portland area.
Willamette Valley AVA
Known for making some of the world’s best Pinot noir as well as a diversity of other cool-climate varieties, Willamette Valley wineries are dedicated to a personal, handcrafted approach to winemaking. In addition to producing world-renowned wines, the wineries have set themselves apart through collaboration, sustainability leadership, and passionate winemaking.
Chehalem Mountains and Ribbon Ridge AVAs
The Chehalem Mountains and Ribbon Ridge are joined by a love of fine wine and the terrain, elevation, and climate within the boundaries of a single geological miracle. From Parrett Mountain to the south, and running northwest across Bald Peak and Ribbon Ridge, the Chehalem Mountains region is known for rich, elegant and complex wines including benchmark Pinot noir. With beautiful vineyards, eclectic tasting rooms, farm-to-table restaurants and other northwest cultural and recreational places of interest just a short drive from Portland, the Chehalem Mountains, and Ribbon Ridge offer something for everyone.
Dundee Hills AVA
Whether you are a first time visitor or a connoisseur of Oregon wines, no visit is complete without spending some time in the Dundee Hills. With more than 30 wineries, including many of the founders of the Oregon wine community who established this region as a world-class area to make Pinot noir, to the rising stars who have made their mark with stellar wines over the last decade, there is always something new to learn about the wines of the Dundee Hills.
Eola-Amity Hills AVA
The Eola-Amity Hills comprises a string of hills located nearly in the center of the Willamette Valley. These hills are coated with soils formed from ancient marine sediments, derived from massive primordial lava flows or deposited by post-glacial floods of biblical proportions. Warmed by Oregon’s long, dry summer growing season, the hills are now home to numerous vineyards and wineries producing premium wine grapes and wines that capture the unique terroirs of the Eola-Amity Hills region.
Due west of historic downtown McMinnville lies charming boutiques and urban wine tasting. It is here where the influences of remarkable geological history and an ideal climate have combined to set the stage for winemakers to produce consistently world-class wines. Dotting the pastoral countryside, McMinnville wineries create unique flavor profiles in their wines created by the growing region. Many wineries are open daily for tasting and others gladly accept appointments.
The Laurelwood District AVA, one of Oregon’s newest AVAs, was approved in June 2020. This AVA, which is nested within the Chehalem Mountains AVA, comprises more than 25 wineries and 70 vineyards. It includes the highest elevation in the Willamette Valley at 1,633 feet. The Laurelwood District’s boundary is the predominance of a unique soil series recognized as Laurelwood, found on the north- and east-facing slope of the Chehalem Mountains. Laurelwood soil is composed of a 15-million-year-old basalt base with a loess (windblown freshwater silt) top layer accumulated over the past 200,000 years and at depths of 4’ to 0” depending on the elevation.
Historically nourished by forestry and farming, this area is rapidly emerging as a global center of Pinot noir production. This pastoral corner of Oregon’s northern Willamette Valley was the final destination for many of the early Oregon Trail pioneers. It is now being revitalized by a new wave of pioneers: committed, passionate winegrowers drawn to the area’s unique set of growing conditions.