Oregon Wine Country Travel Guide
Our guide to the Oregon's wine country includes the best new winery tasting rooms, exciting places to stay and delicious food from local chefs (right).
Places to Eat in Oregon
Named for the place where Jesus first turned water into wine, Cana's Feast winery (formerly Cuneo Cellars) has a cult following for its bold Italian wines, including Sangiovese and Barbera. Its special wine dinners had such a big audience that the tasting room was turned into a café, and chef Lisa Lanxon now serves lunch and dinner every Friday and Saturday and brunch on Sunday. Her Italian menu might include farro-and-beet salad made with ingredients from her garden; her $25, three-course supper with a glass of wine is one of the best deals in wine country.
canasfeastwinery.com —Ivy Manning
Courtesy of The Inn at Red Hills
« Farm to Fork & Press
The Inn at Red Hills has two great places to sample local, small-lot wine: Press wine bar and Farm to Fork restaurant, where chef Shiloh Ficek sources almost everything from within a 200-mile radius for dishes like Puget Sound Manila clams with house–made chorizo.
A renovated classic with authentic, old-school Italian dishes made with local ingredients and a stellar local wine list.
nicksitaliancafe.com —Chang-rae Lee
Chef Eric Bechard's is so dedicated to the locavore cause, he got into a scuffle with another chef over the provenance of a pig. At his tiny Thistle, decorated with an oddball mix of chandeliers and deer antlers, he offers a dozen or so choices on the menu. Dishes like über-rich rabbit rillettes with fennel pickles are all less than $20. Emily Howard's intriguing wine list features Oregon bottles like 2008 Love and Squalor Riesling.
Places to Stay in Oregon
Courtesy of The Allison Inn & Spa
Willamette's first luxury resort, located in Newberg.
A 20-room Dundee hotel with a bakery, market, wine bar and excellent restaurant, Farm to Fork.
Wineries to Visit in Oregon
A wildly successful Oregon outpost from the famous Burgundy wine family.
Courtesy of Eyrie Vineyards
Oregon winemaking pioneers.
Burgundy-inspired reds from a two-person winemaking operation.
This new LEED-certified winery also rents out on-property cottages.
The best seat in Oregon's Willamette Valley is on the deck at WillaKenzie's new tasting room, which has a 180-degree view of the Pinot Noir vineyards. The modern space also has a full kitchen for chef dinners, as well as a sensory garden planted with herbs, fruit trees and berries that echo the flavors in the different wines.
willakenzie.com —Megan Krigbaum
Five Great Oregon Bottles
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