One of the most beloved activities of any traveler or tourist is wine tasting at a beautiful vineyard in the location they’re visiting. Wineries offer fun experiences and a unique atmosphere, usually accompanied by inspiring and scenic views. Oregon is a state that happens to have no shortage of vineyards and wineries to enjoy. Of the many different establishments throughout the state, these are the top 5 wineries in oregon.
Located in Willamette Valley, De Ponte Cellars was founded in 1999 by the Baldwin family. The family owned business is most known for its use of the Melon de Bourgogne or Melon grape. This white grape is extremely rare in the United States and is usually grown in France. De Ponte Cellars is also known for utilizing the expertize of Isabelle Dutartre, a winemaker who is known in France for her knowledge of wine barrels and their effect on how a wine turns out. Set in Oregon’s gorgeous Dundee Hills, guests are treated with lovely views and great service.
Stoller Family Estates was first established in the 1940’s but it wasn’t until 1995 that the family farm began to produce wine. Bill Stoller, who was born on the farm, transformed the business into a highly successful vineyard after acquiring the property from his cousin in 1993. Over time, the 20 acres of vines have became almost 200. Stoller Family Estates also has the honor of being LEED certified for its environmentally friendly practices, such as the use of solar energy.
The Eyrie Vineyards, founded in 1966, boast the distinction of having brought Pinot gris to America. The vineyard, split between four properties, produces 10,000 exclusive cases of wine a year. In fact, the wines produced at Eyrie Vineyards are considered some of the finest in the world. Eyrie Vineyards’ 1975 Pinot noir even famously competed in the Wine Olympics in 1979 and came in at tenth place.
This fine vineyard and winery was established in 1988 by Robert Drouhin. The Drouhin family first showed interest in the land after famously coming in behind David Lett of Eyrie Vineyards during the 1979 Wine Olympics. Previously, in 1973, the vineyard had come in fifth place in the New York Wine Tasting, as well as the “Judgement of Paris”. The Drouhin family has a rich history of producing high quality wines. The family first entered the wine scene by establishing Maison Joseph Dr
Open daily, WillaKenzie Estate has garnered a loyal client base with its excellent tasting wine and incredible views. Visitors usually leave with a few bottles of wine and glowing remarks about the service they receive. Additionally, there are many reviews online gushing about the beautiful rooms and exquisite view of the vineyard.
While there are a great deal of wineries open for exploring in Oregon, these five vineyards stand out due to their impressive history, innovative practices, and, of course, their great tasting wine.