We love sightseeing, wineries and hiking and will be arriving in Portland. Which are the best wineries to visit for a day?
There are many places I would recommend to you, though given your tight schedule, to explore one region in the valley might be your best bet.
I would highly recommend checking out wineries in the Dundee Hills AVA, located near Dundee, OR (right on 99-W). My top picks would be:
• White Rose – ask for Gavin; beautiful, elegant wines.
• Winderlea – Reid is a good guy; love their wines.
• Alexana – a newer estate, see if Christie is available; really tasty wines.
• Lange Estate – a family that’s been in the industry since its early days; great wines.
That should be a full day – typically I recommend no more than 3-4 wineries in a day.
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Sylke Neal-Finnegan, Washington County Visitors Association says…
If you don’t want to travel all the way to Dundee, some of the closest wineries to downtown Portland are in Oregon’s Washington County, such as Ponzi Vineyards and Cooper Mountain Vineyards, both located in the Chehalem Mountains AVA.
Karen Manske says…
Hwy 49 around Gaston is fantastic. My top 6 picks would be Plum Hill, Patton Valley, Montinore, Elk Cove, Kramer and Willakenzie (in the order you run into them going South on Hwy 49 from Forest Grove). For a bit out of the way, I’d also hit David Hill Winery, a bit west of Forest Grove.
Ponzi, cooper Mountain and argyle!!
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