willamette valley city guide


There are so many wine regions across the globe that I have yet to visit, but many within the U.S. that I’ve experienced, and I can honestly say that Willamette Valley is by far my favorite!

Don’t get me wrong, I love Napa & Sonoma, but they have become quite popular. If you’re looking to experience quality wine from more boutique wineries, Willamette Valley is a must visit.

In 1965, a very clever man by the name of David Lett purchased acreage on a hillside near Dundee, Oregon, a small town just south of Portland. Him and his wife planted the first vineyard in the area, and made their first Pinot Noir in 1970. Luckily, the governor and a few other farmers in the region caught wind of the fertile land they were sitting on, and passed a bill to protect it from residential development.  Today it can only be used for agriculture.

What does that mean for you and I? Lots and lots of delicious Oregon wine!!

My recommendation would be to go now, before the word gets out, and Willamette Valley turns into a more commercialized wine region. Even today, the average number of 12-bottle cases being produced by a winery in Oregon is less than 5,000.



The Vintages - Glamping at it’s finest. The group of refurbished airstreams is perfect for a family or romantic getaway, and really adds a little personality to your Willamette Valley trip. The airstreams are beautifully designed and very comfortable, but keep in mind, it’s still an airstream, space is limited.

Other spots ... The Inn at Red Hills or The Allison Inn & Spa ... are both great for a luxurious stay at a boutique inn.



Red Hills Market - One stop shop!! A restaurant, a market, a wine shop, and much much more. A great place to pick up wine, crackers & cheeses, or sit outside for a light bite or some tasty flatbread pizza.

Other spots … Dundee Bistro or Tina’s … are both great for a fancier dining experience.



Obviously the wineries. Here are my top picks:

Penner-Ash Wine Cellars

Gran Moraine Winery

Domaine Drouhin

Sokol Blosser

Antica Terra

Elk Cove Vineyards

Lastly, end your day at Four Graces in Dundee and taste a Pinot from each region of Willamette Valley