experience oregon wine country

Wine is not simply a taste — it’s an art form, a lifestyle, a movement. The 2016 Wine Region of the Year recognition by Wine Enthusiast magazine solidified Oregon Wine Country as a world-class destination. You can experience the Willamette Valley’s wine through our tasting rooms, on tours and across trails dedicated to these delicate and decadent drinks.

Regenerative Wine Experiences

Oregon has the greatest commitment to sustainable farming of any wine region in the United States, and now, the focus is shifting towards regeneration. Regenerative tourism in the Willamette Valley aims to craft sustainable solutions that create deeper, more enriching experiences for communities and visitors alike. Visit one of the handful of wineries and vineyards that are leading the charge in regenerative practices and strike up a conservation conversation at your next wine tasting experience.

wine glasses at Bethel Heights Winery

a beginner’s guide to wine tasting in the Willamette Valley

Your how-to guide to experiencing the Willamette Valley’s vineyards and wineries.

Tasting Rooms

Pinot noir or Pinot gris? Chardonnay or Pinot blanc? Cozy and intimate, hip and metropolitan, sprawling decks with stunning views? With more than 700 wineries, you’re sure to find the perfect tasting room across the Oregon Wine Country.

Wine Tasting at Bjornson Vineyards

Wine Resources

The Willamette Valley is rich in tradition and appreciation for great wine.

a group of five gather are seated at a table for a wine tasting in a room full of barrels.

oregon wines fly free with alaska airlines

When you travel to Oregon Wine Country, it’s easy to take a taste of Oregon home with you, thanks to the Oregon Wine Flies Free program offered by the Oregon Wine Board, Travel Oregon and Alaska Airlines.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many wineries are in the Willamette Valley?

There are more than 700 wineries and over 800 vineyards in the Willamette Valley. Start exploring by finding a Willamette Valley winery.

What grapes are grown in the Willamette Valley?

The Willamette Valley’s more than 700 vineyards harvested almost 22,500 acres of grapes, with nearly all of the grapes grown being Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay. Start exploring by finding a Willamette Valley winery.

What type of wine is the Willamette Valley known for?

The Willamette Valley is recognized as one of the premier Pinot noir–producing areas in the world. Start exploring by finding a Willamette Valley winery.

What is the Oregon Wine Flies Free program?

Alaska Airlines, Travel Oregon, and the Oregon Wine Board who have teamed up to offer the Wine Flies Free program, which allows visitors to check a case of wine for free when flying from certain cities throughout the Pacific Northwest—including Portland and Eugene. So all you need to do is narrow it down to 12 bottles and join the Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan —even if you’re in the middle of your trip. Check out this article for more information.

Why is Willamette Valley good for Pinot Noir?

The Willamette Valley’s climate with its ideal balance of temperature, humidity and soil is said to be ideal for Pinot Noir.

Which red grape variety is the Willamette Valley in Oregon best known for?

More than 50 wine grape varietals are grown throughout the state of Oregon with the Willamette Valley’s leading red grape varietal Pinot noir.

What white wine is Oregon known for?

Some of Oregon’s leading white wine varietals are Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Riesling and Pinot Blanc.

What wineries are in Willamette Valley?

The Willamette Valley is Oregon’s leading wine region with two-thirds of the state’s wineries and vineyards. You can find more than 700 wineries across the valley. Start exploring by finding a Willamette Valley winery.

Where is the Willamette Valley wine region?

The Willamette Valley stretches southwards from the city of Portland, Oregon, for 120 miles, covering some 3.3 million acres of land. Wine is produced throughout the valley, but the greatest concentration of vineyards is in the hills just south-west of Portland.

Are Willamette Valley Wineries dog friendly?

Yes! Some Willamette Valley wineries are dog-friendly. Check with the business directly before you bring along your dog. Start planning by finding a Willamette Valley winery.

Are kids allowed at Willamette Valley Wineries?

Yes! Many of the Willamette Valley wineries welcome children, with some even offering kid-friendly activities like yard games to keep them occupied. Check with the business directly before you bring along your children. Start planning by finding a Willamette Valley winery.

What is an AVA?

AVA stands for American Viticultural Area and is the United States designation of wine-growing regions. AVAs are demarcated by geography; sections of wine-growing regions with the same climate, soil, elevation and physical features are assigned an official AVA designation. Learn more about the wine-producing regions of the Willamette Valley.

Does Willamette Valley have AVAs?

Yes! In fact, the Willamette Valley is its own AVA and was the first official AVA in the state of Oregon. Since the designation in 1983, 11 sub-AVAs of the Willamette Valley have been established: Chehalem Mountains, Ribbon Ridge Mountains, Yamhill-Carlton, Dundee Hills, McMinnville, Eola-Amity Hils, the Van Duzer Corridor, Lower Long Tom, Tualatin Hills, Laurelwood District, and Mount Pisgah. Learn more about the wine-producing regions of the Willamette Valley.

Where to stay when wine tasting in the Willamette Valley?

There are many wonderful places to stay when you are wine tasting in the Willamette Valley, from quaint bed and breakfasts to luxurious vineyard suites. Start exploring places to stay in the Willamette Valley.

What is there to do in Willamette Valley besides wine?

While Willamette Valley is known as Oregon Wine Country, there is much more to explore. The landscape is a four-season playground, offering some of the world’s best hiking and mountain biking trails, plus cyclists enjoy all types of riding. Oregon State Parks and the Willamette National Forest feature waterways and water trails to paddle and float, plus waterfalls delight those who seek them out. Quaint towns are dotted with boutiques and shops offering a bounty of local goods. The culinary scene can only be referred to as stellar, with farm-to-table fare and countless award-winning restaurants, cafes and diners. Explore the things to do in Willamette Valley.