The Willamette Valley is big—it’s 150 miles long and 60 miles wide—yet its tasting rooms have an intimate, artisanal feel. And, of course, phenomenal Pinot Noir.
Maggie Harrison’s morning tastings include Ibérico ham and five wines she makes–Antica Terra Pinots and Lillian reds. In the afternoon, she pours her own wines, plus others she finds inspiring, to drink with charcuterie, cheese and local chocolate. 979 SW Alder St., Dundee; anticaterra.com.
Stoller Family Estate
From its solar-powered, sunlit tasting room, visitors can take in 180-degree views of the vines while trying Melissa Burr’s elegant, affordable Dundee Hills Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays—proof of how well Burgundian varieties do in Oregon. 16161 NE McDougall Rd., Dayton; stollerfamilyestate.com.
The winery’s “progressive tasting and tour” starts on the crush pad and ends in the barrel room, with tastings of winemaker Luisa Ponzi’s wines at each stop—don’t miss her Pinot Gris. Afterward, play a game on the bocce courts. 19500 SW Mountain Home Rd., Sherwood; ponziwines.com.
In the extraordinary modern farmhouse at this LEED-certified winery, guests can try Pinot Noir with charcuterie while sitting on the porch, or taste older vintages in the library. For more complex pairings, head into the kitchen. 5000 Sokol Blosser Ln., Dayton; sokolblosser.com.
Evening Land Vineyards
Visitors can compare the Pinots and Chardonnays from each of the Evening Land properties—not just from the Willamette, but also from Burgundy and California’s Sonoma Coast. 1326 N. Hwy. 99W, Dundee; elvwines.com.
Willamette Valley Vineyards
The Pinot Noir and Chardonnay here are some of the best values in the valley. Guests can try them at chef Eric Nelson’s pairing bar in the new tasting room, with dishes like lamb masala kofta and smoked Chinook salmon mousse. Try four small pairings for $20. 8800 Enchanted Way SE, Turner; wvv.com.
Big Table Farm
Since Brian Marcy and Clare Carver started Big Table in 2006, they have always made wine in a custom-crush facility. Now they’re in the process of constructing their own winery, but they’ll still invite visitors into their house next door for tastings by appointment. Sit with them in their dining room and try their lovely, teeny-production Chardonnays and Pinots. 26851 NW Williams Canyon Rd., Gaston; bigtablefarm.com.
Raptor Ridge Winery
From its perch, Raptor Ridge has a view of the entire valley—Mount St. Helens and even distant Mount Rainier are visible on clear days from the tasting-room porch. In the summer, local chefs prepare lunches to pair with the many single-vineyard Pinots. 18700 SW Hillsboro Hwy., Newberg; raptoridge.com.