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Wine Tasting: More Willamette Valley Vineyard Recommendations

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When you know very little about Oregon/Willamette Valley wine, narrowing down the best wineries to go to in a limited time can be overwhelming. I managed to visit 6 in a day, but had many more on my wish list. So if you’re lucky enough to be able to spend multiple days in the Valley, here’s some additional places to consider that were recommended by one of my favorite chefs and Jack from Backroads Wine Tours.
And to reiterate my earlier post: Ayres Vineyards is a MUST.
  •  White Rose Estate
  • Antica Terra (reservations required)
  • Winderlea
  • Chapter 24
  • Brick House
  • Beaux Freres
  • Colene Clemons (rosé)
  • Winter’s Hill
  • King Estate (Pinot Gris is off the hook)
  • Winderlea
  • Willakenzie
  • Elk Cove
  • Patton Valley
  • Ken Wright
  • Torii Mor
  • J.K. Carriere

Other tips from the experts:

  • Don’t neglect the whites. Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, and Riesling can be fabulous.
  • Try the lesser planted reds: Syrah, Gamay, and Pinot Meunier.
  • Try the rosé everywhere you can.
  • Don’t get too hung up on location of the winery. Many of the great winemakers buy fruit from many AVAs.

And if you’re looking for a great place to grab lunch or a picnic to take along, Red Hills Market in Dundee, OR is fantastic.

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