Oregon’s Washington County Wine Country, just a stone’s throw from Portland, is a great place to celebrate the seasons. This little spot at the gateway to the Willamette Valley is home to 32 wineries ranging from boutique newcomers to long-standing pioneers. Here are a few to get you started.
Elk Cove Vineyards: Founded in 1974 in the foothills of the Cascade Range, Elk Cove Vineyards is farmed by two generations of the Campbell family. Elk Cove was named 2013 Winery of the Year by Wine & Spirits Magazine for its top-scoring wines like the 2010 Clay Court Pinot Noir and the 2012 Willamette Valley Pinot Gris. Stop in the Gaston tasting room for gorgeous views and a taste. Open daily.
Ponzi Vineyards and Winery’s new state-of-the-art winery and tasting room in Sherwood sits on the north-facing slope of the Chehalem Mountains. Recently highlighted by the Wall Street Journal, the Ponzi family has been producing fine wines since 1970. A readers’ poll in Wine & Spirits magazine named the 2011 Ponzi Tavola Pinot Noir as a top pinot noir in U.S. restaurants. Open daily.
SakéOne: Recently featured in Outside Magazine, Oregon’s only sake brewery (and one of only six in the nation) is growing strong. Take a tour of the Forest Grove facility and enjoy a taste of the rice-based brew. SakéOne is meant to be enjoyed chilled like a glass of white wine. Open daily.
Ready to start tasting? Check out the full list of wineries in Oregon’s Washington County.