The Willamette Valley is Oregon State’s top wine region. It contains more than 60 percent of the wineries and vineyards in the state, the total quantity crosses a whopping 500. It is recognized as one of the premier Pinot noir producing areas in the world. Some other variants are grown and produced in the Willamette Valley. These verities include:
However, the specific taste of the region is very strong in these wines which differ from the same variant produced anywhere else in the country. The Willamette Valley won the 2016 Wine Region of the Year award by Wine Enthusiast Magazine.
While visiting the valley you will come across chefs and families that are passionate about what they produce. You will also discover natural habitats and sights while you cross different areas of the valley. The places that you should see range from historic era to post modern era. There are quite a few winery tours that you can choose to see the sights and enjoy the best wine in the country with food complementing it. The trips include:
This is where all the fun starts from as this is the gateway from Portland. Not only do you enter the scenic views of Willamette Valley but also enjoy the view en-route. You keep on traveling south and the wine keeps on getting stronger. Make sure that the driver doesn’t drink on the road as it hits you hard. The road will lead you to the wineries of Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Gaston, Yamhill, Carlton and beyond.
If you are looking for a wine adventure, this is the route you should take as the wine getter better and stronger in the south. It is a short drive on the I-5 to the west of Highway 99. You can off-road there on foot and enjoy the natural view of many wineries near Monmouth, Albany, Monroe and surrounding areas. You can also do a reversal and check out the tasting regions around Oregon’s second largest city.
However, if you are a bag packer, this is the tour for you. You can enjoy the back road leading to the hills and taste wine on your way in the mountain ranges outside Salem. Make this hidden gem your destination from either Portland to the north or Eugene to the south. You can move on the I-5 towards Salem and then meet the hills while moving west. For an unforgettable experience, scale across the Wheatland Ferry.
The valleys provide the most stunning view along with the best tasting wine. Use the back road route to avoid traffic and enjoy the natural view. When you get to Newberg take Springbrook Road to Zimri Drive and then turn left onto North Valley Road. Take Dopp Road to Highway 240 and turn left on Worden Hill Road. This will have valley vineyards surrounding you all through your journey.