Celebrate Cellar Season
It’s the coziest time of year in Oregon Wine Country. Cool, misty weather brings us indoors to the warmth of intimate tasting rooms where we can enjoy that first taste of the new vintage. Share the moment with talented winemakers who finally catch their breath and embrace the calm of this special season.
Visitors are treated to open country roads, quiet tasting rooms and casual one-on-one time with winemakers. The holiday rush gives way to irresistible fireplaces and mellow cellars where just-barreled wines come of age. There’s a quiet and contagious energy to the Cellar Season, from the neatly-pruned vineyard rows and moody sunsets to the newly invigorated winemaking community, fresh off another outstanding vintage.
Make the most of Cellar Season with a glass of Pinot noir at one of the Valley’s inviting tasting rooms and then stay at one of our cozy B&Bs or boutique hotels. Plan your trip and customize your perfect wine country visit.
Before you go:
- Call ahead — During winter, many wineries hold different hours of business. It’s often a good idea to call ahead to confirm. With fewer options, things can fill up fast, so advance reservations are key
- Visit TripCheck.com — With the valley’s varied elevations and topography, road conditions can change in a single drive. Be sure to check ahead to ensure the route is clear, and avoid setting out in inclement weather
Cória Estates offers covered (and heated) seating at its tasting room south of Salem.
COVID-19 Precautions and Safety Tips
With COVID-19 still a reality throughout the Willamette Valley, cellar season will look dramatically different in 2020. Non-essential travel is strongly discouraged, and any visit should be planned with caution and respect for our communities.
But as cellar season unfolds, here’s how wineries are keeping visitors safe—and how you can make safe choices in the midst of this new normal:
Stay local: Counties throughout the Willamette Valley are currently in Phase One or Phase Two for reopening; as such, it’s still important to stay local to your county and community. And while traveling, please limit your stops as much as possible—whether for fuel, food, or to walk the dog.
Make an appointment: Most tasting rooms are limiting the number of premises visitors at any given time and are open by appointment only. If you visit without a reservation, you may be turned away for the safety of others. Visit the websites of tasting rooms and wineries you’d like to visit to learn more about specific policies and to secure an appointment.
Face coverings: Face coverings are now required at all indoor public places—which includes businesses such as tasting rooms. Face coverings must be worn at all times when not eating, drinking, or seated at a table. Face coverings must also be worn in outdoor spaces where physical distancing is not possible.
If you have additional questions about what’s open, what’s closed, and how to stay safe, visit our page on COVID-19 in the Willamette Valley for the latest details, updates, and recommendations.