Oregon’s Wine Country

Sipping and sightseeing in the Willamette Valley
March 11, 2018

The farmers who first planted wine grapes in the Willamette Valley planted their wildest dreams into the soil: the hope that someday this region would becomes one of the world’s best.

It may be one of the youngest wine regions, but the hundreds of vineyards and wineries that grace the Willamette Valley have gradually drawn international acclaim. And while we’re wild about the wine in the Willamette Valley, there’s also an abundance of beer, mead, cider and farm-to-table cuisine worth exploring while you’re here — not to mention the hiking and biking trails, historic covered bridges and Cascade Mountain peaks that surround it all.

The Humble Story of Oregon Wine

Just 50 years ago, the Willamette Valley as a famed wine region was still just a dream — an unlikely one, at that. This is the story of the wine pioneers who made the dream a reality.

Willamette Valley Winemaking the Communal Way

The roots of a shared winery — in which small, individually licensed producers crush, age and bottle their wines using the same equipment and facilities — were first planted in the U.S. in Oregon, with the opening of the Carlton Winemakers Studio in 2002. Meet some of the other wineries who are following in their footsteps.

Car-Free Getaway to Wine Country

Getting to wine country isn’t the problem. Never wanting to leave may be. Here’s your itinerary.

Detour-Worthy Eateries Along I-5

Few roads in the nation traverse such fruitful territory as Oregon’s Interstate 5. You’ll want to plan for a detour at these savory spots.

Nectar Creek Mead Corvallis Oregon

Sipping Spots in the Mid-Valley

From cider to mead, coffee liqueur to native gin, here are 9 spots to stop for a taste of beverage innovation in Corvallis and Albany.

Fall Creek Oregon

Magical Moments in the Cascades

In east Lane County, you can have the best of both worlds. Rustic and refined. Adrenaline-pumping and relaxed. You just need to know where to start. Fortunately we have just the itinerary for you — one that lets you sit back and enjoy the ride.

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Wine Country Trips

South Willamette Valley Wineries
Willamette Valley by Train
Plug + Pinot in the Willamette Valley
Play Eugene Pinot Bingo
Making Mead in the Willamette Valley
Oregon Wine Country on Horseback
Wacky Willamette Valley Detours
McMinnville, Willamette Valley
Where to Wine Around Junction City
Junction City, Willamette Valley

Outdoor Adventures

Silver Falls State Park
The Magic of Track Town
Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway
134Mi, Moderate
Mountain Biking Hot Spots in the Willamette Valley
Family Road Trip: Marys Peak
Covered Bridges Scenic Bikeway
36Mi, Mild
Cottage Grove, Willamette Valley
Hike, Eat, Repeat in the Willamette Valley
Mount Pisgah Arboretum

Scenic Drives

Silver Falls Tour Route
Over the Rivers & Through the Woods Scenic Byway
Brownsville, Willamette Valley
Cottage Grove Covered Bridge Tour Route
Cottage Grove, Willamette Valley
Willamette Valley Bounty Electric Byway