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A Visit to Oregon Wine Country: Photo Essay

August 20, 2011

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With over 150 wineries in the Willamette Valley, Portlanders are pretty lucky to be able to drive out to wine country for a quick weekend getaway, or even an afternoon tasting. Here’s what a trip to Oregon wine country looks like in August. We stayed at Hotel Oregon in McMinnville. And spent time biking and driving to Willamette Valley vineyards.

We biked 6 miles around the North Valley Rd area of Newberg near Bergstrom Winery. Favorites were: the coziness of Brick House Vineyards, the view (& picnicking at Penner-Ash), sunsets from the rooftop bar at Hotel Oregon, and hammocks at Anne Amie Vineyard.

Willamette Valley wineries in pictures…

Barns in Oregon wine country
Field & barns on NE Calkins Lane on the way to Bergstrom and Brick House
flowers at penner ash
Bright flowers at Penner-Ash
vines at Sokol Blossor
vines at Sokol Blosser
Berstrom winery glass
Pinot with a view at Bergstrom Winery
Bergstrom cellar
cellar shot at Bergstom
best view goes to Penner ash wine cellar!
One of the best winery views in Oregon at Penner-Ash Wine Cellars
tasting deck with views
Penner Ash Tasting Deck
wine tasting picnic!
Wine tasting tip: bring your own snacks or picnic lunch!
Hotel oregon quote
A bit of typical McMenamin’s kitsch/hippy/history, staying in the William T Newby room at Hotel Oregon. “He was a man of strong and vigorous mind, indomitable energy and perseverance.”
rooftop sunset Hotel Oregon
Magnificent wine country sunset at the Hotel Oregon rooftop bar
Anne Amie views
Lovely view at Anne Amie Vineyard
wine tasting hammock at Anne Amie
All wineries should be required to provide their guests with hammocks. Kudos to Anne Amie vineyards.
The new and modern building at Soléna and Grand Cru Estates
biking wine country
Biking Oregon wine country
Rolling vineyards at Sokol Blosser

Oregon Wine Country Tips:

  • Check out Willamette Valley Wineries maps.
  • Check hours and reservation requirements before you go.
  • Have a few ideas of where you want to visit, but also be spontaneous for a few stops!
  • Drive time from Portland: 1 hour.
  • Wine tasting can catch up to you quickly! Use a designated driver or stay locally!

Have you been to Oregon wine country?