Our wine country tours visit some of the finest wineries in the world. The northern Willamette Valley is home to the following premier American Viticultural Areas (AVAs):
- Chehalem Mountains
- Dundee Hills
- Eola-Amity Hills
- Ribbon Ridge
- Yamhill-Carlton District
Planning Your Tour
We have created wine tour loops to make it easy to plan your tour (described below). Each loop focuses on a local terroir that is home to a variety of vineyards and wineries and provides an enjoyable, easily traveled winery tasting experience.
We are happy to help you select the wineries you want to visit. Perhaps you would like to taste wines from some of the oldest vines in the area or enjoy a vineyard and facility tour. Maybe a barrel tasting with the winemaker is your goal, or a visit to small, artisan, family-owned operations. We can help you achieve these goals. Of course, we are pleased to arrange the tour and transportation for any wineries you want to visit.
Since most wineries are open from 11:00am until 5:00pm, we recommend limiting the number visited to 4, if you start in the morning, or 3 if you start after lunch. In every case, your tour will be planned especially to meet your needs.
Wine & Food
Some wineries provide food pairings with their wines, enhancing the tasting experience. Some do not. That’s one reason why we include our Wine County Picnic Basket on every tour – so that you have something delicious to balance the wines tasted. We can also recommend and arrange brunch, lunch or dinner at any number of fine restaurants in each of the tour areas. What can be better than to end a day of wine tasting with dinner, more wine, and a safe, comfortable ride home?
Wine Tour Rates
1-2 Guests $150 per guest (2 guest min.)
3-4 Guests $120 per guest
5-9 Guests $100 per guest
Suggested Tour Loops – A Place to Start
Stretching from Yamhill to Forest Grove along Hwy 47, this beautiful tour covers the northern tip of the Yamhill-Carlton AVA. Notable wineries include: Solena, Lenné, Willakenzie, Kramer, Elk Cove, Patton Valley, Montinore and Apolloni.
A scenic drive over the crest of Chehalem Mountain, this loop includes some of the first wineries in Oregon such as Ponzi, Coopers Mountain (noted for its organic wines), and Raptor Ridge – perfect for an afternoon tasting tour.
North Valley Loop
This loop is distinct because it combines the Chehalm Mountain and Ribbon Ridge AVAs. There are variety of outstanding wineries to choose from – enough to take several tours. They include: Sineann, Natalie’s Estate, Arbor Brook, Bergstrom, Adelsheim, J. Albin, Trisateum, Brick House, Penner-Ash, Utopia, and Beaux Frères, to name a few.
Dundee Hills Loop
Home to some of the most acclaimed vineyards and wineries in the area, there is a long list to choose from. Along Worden Hill Road, visit Erath, Tori Mor, Bella Vida, Winderlea and Archery Summit. Or start at Stoller, then taste at De Ponte, White Rose, Vista Hills, Domaine Drouhin, and Domaine Serene.
Parrett Mountain Loop
The east end of the Chehalem Mountain AVA is often referred to as Parrett Mountain and has beautiful elevations specially suited for vineyard sites. Start at the venerable Rex Hill or Chehalem wineries, then tour your way uphill and visit J.K. Carriere, Beckham, Quailhurst and Carabella.
Just east of the Dundee Hills are a host of wineries in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA. Visit Lemelson, Anne Amie (a spectacular view), and Belle Pente on your way into the city of Carlton. There a cluster of wineries and tasting rooms surrounds the city including such notables Scott Paul, Ken Wright, Carlton Cellars and the Carlton tasting room.
Southwest & McMinnville Loop
West along Hwy 18 in the McMinnville AVA comprises a scenic winery tour that is a bit off the beaten path. Start at Hyland Estates, then stop in the city of McMinnville and taste at the historic Eryie winery (founded by “Papa Pinot,” David Lett), Terra Vina or Westrey. Continue south out of town to visit wineries such as Coeur de Terre, Mayasara, Brittan, Coleman Vineyard and the Oregon Tasting Room, or stay in McMinnville and continue your visit at the many tasting rooms and wine bars.
The southern most AVA in north Willamette Valley is the Eola-Amity AVA. Just north of Salem there are many notable wineries including Methven, Witness Tree, Cristom, Bethel Heights, St. Innocent, Evesham Wood, Eola Hills, Left Coast, Van Duzer, Brooks, Amity and Coelho.