7 Beautiful Willamette Valley Vineyards
The Willamette Valley, sometimes called Oregon Wine Country, is home to more than 600 wineries—and is known for producing some of the finest wines in the world. But not only do we grow great grapes, we offer breathtaking views at numerous beautiful Willamette Valley vineyards.
Any Willamette Valley vineyard you visit will be pretty, but we’ve picked seven with exceptionally gorgeous vistas to inspire your Oregon Wine Country vacation:
Willamette Valley Vineyards (Salem)
Willamette Valley Vineyards tasting room at Willamette Valley Vineyards offers delicious food pairings to go along with the sweeping views and fine wines. Choose among spacious patio seating, an expansive courtyard, and even a 65-foot lookout tower that affords wide-open views of the vineyards below.
Those sun-kissed views aren’t limited to summer, either; each winter, the winery sets up transparent igloos (which it calls Willamette Wine Pods) on its patio. Each pod seats up to six and includes heating and lighting; warm clothes are encouraged. (Willamette Valley Vineyards photos by Andrea Johnson)
Tyee Wine Cellars (Corvallis)
Take a step back in time with Tyee Wine Cellars, which makes certified organic wines just south of Corvallis. The celebrated winery sits on a family farm that dates back more than 130 years—and is today staffed by fourth- and fifth-generation farmers.
Tyee’s scenic tasting room sits surrounded by stands of oak and hazelnut trees, with picnic tables dotting the bucolic landscape; if you feel like stretching your legs, a hiking trail explores the nearby forests and wetlands. Stop by in May-June for vibrant wildflower displays.
The tasting room is open seasonally, with winter closures; call ahead or visit the Tyee Wine Cellars website for the latest hours and opening information.
Sarver Winery (Eugene)
Sitting just west of Eugene in the southern Willamette Valley, Sarver Winery produces a wide range of estate wines—including regional stalwarts like pinot noir, pinot gris, and riesling.
The winery’s laid-back tasting room sits atop a hill overlooking its vineyard, with views extending across the Willamette Valley; on a clear day, a handful of Cascade Range peaks rise above the eastern horizon. In summer, Sarver’s patio affords plenty of outdoor seating, offers a rotating cast of food carts, and routinely hosts live music.
Domaine Drouhin Oregon (Dayton)
The tasting room at Domaine Drouhin Oregon sits in the heart of a sprawling, 235-acre estate growing some of the Willamette Valley’s best-loved wines.
Roughly halfway between Newberg and McMinnville, two pillars of wine in the northern edge of the valley, Domaine Drouhin Oregon’s tasting room boasts a heated (and covered) terrace in winter, as well as a colorful garden in spring and summer—all of which pairs well with views that extend for miles in every direction. On a clear day, Mount Hood rises to the east. (Photo by Autumn Schrock)
Cherry Hill Winery (Salem)
Cherry Hill Winery sits in the Eola-Amity Hills, west of Salem, and affords picture-perfect views of surrounding vineyards and rolling hillsides. Its tasting room is open May-September, coinciding with the most pleasant months of the year in the Willamette Valley.
Visitors can walk through the Cherry Hill vineyard or relax on the patio, sipping premium pinot noir in the midst of a 150-acre state dotted with cherry trees and even a small lake. (Photo by Andrea Johnson Photography)
Winter’s Hill Vineyard (Dayton)
Winter’s Hill Vineyard sits in the storied Dundee Hills of Oregon—and boasts scenic views seemingly everywhere you look.
The tasting room, open (roughly) between spring and Thanksgiving, sits on a 150-acre farm that includes Douglas fir and Oregon white oak forests—all teeming with native plant species. From winery’s the covered patio, views extend all the way to the rolling foothills of the Oregon Coast Range.
Winter’s Hill also sits along the Willamette Valley Birding Trail—so keep an eye out for migrating and native birds that may be out and about.
St. Josef’s Winery (Canby)
In many ways, St. Josef’s Winery is awash in history. Sitting in the foothills of Mount Hood, just outside Woodburn, St. Josef’s is a large, European Old World-styled winery—and is one of the first 25 wineries anywhere in Oregon.
A large brick courtyard sits surrounded by colorful flowers, shrubs, and trees—and even includes a water fountain to complete the old-school vibe. Nearby, visitors can sip pinot noir and pinot gris next to a small, scenic pond.