Blessed with one of the most diverse climates in the world, Oregon is a fascinating place to grow wine. Itís also a fascinating place to visit. From the Willamette Valley and Columbia Gorge in the north, to the Umpqua, Rogue, and Applegate Valleys in the south, the hills and valleys hold a splendid variety of aromas and flavors. In fact, itís not unusual to find a single winery with two or three Pinot Noirs that grew nearly side-by-side, and were crafted and bottled by the same winemaker in the same year, and yet have completely different flavor profiles.
Oregon wines are seeing a significant increase in out-of-state distribution and it has become easier to find them nationwide. But to really appreciate their sense of place, you must visit the source.
Flora, Fauna, and Farms
The words 'great' and 'outdoors' probably discovered each other in Oregon. Here, wine country is intertwined with natural beauty, both wild and tamed. Get ready to discover flora, fauna, and farms that invite you to tour, pick, and participate in fun, adventurous ways.
Take your hiking shoes to Left Coast Cellars (Rickreall)
and enjoy its nine-mile trail through wildflowers, followed by a sandwich paired with Pinot Noir in the cafť. The Oregon Garden Resort (Silverton)
gives guests an ideal proximity to this 80-acre botanical sanctuary with waterfalls, ponds, and 20 specialty gardens, including a pet-friendly garden and a childrenís garden with an in-ground Hobbit House.
In mid-summer, lavender is abloom across Oregon wine country. King Estate (Eugene)
grows more than an acre of organic lavender along the main driveway and in front of its visitor center. Along the Hood River County Fruit Loop wine trail, visit Cathedral Ridge Winery (Hood River)
, and sample lavender shortbread at Hood River Lavender. In the fall, Flower Farmer and Phoenix & Holly Railroad (Canby)
offers a range of activities for families, including a miniature railroad which transports you through fields of fall flowers and pumpkins. For a garden experience from spring to late fall, step into the gardens that surround the tasting room of Argyle Winery (Dundee)
or visit Henry Estate Winery (Umpqua)
where you can enjoy a picnic in the lovely Memory Garden.