On November 28–30, 165 of Oregon’s acclaimed Willamette Valley wineries will throw open their door—and their bottles—to the public.
The three-day Thanksgiving celebration is a valley-wide feast of tastings, seasonal food pairings, special releases, discounts, and live music, not to mention the chance to pick the brains of some of the nation’s most elite winemakers. Whether you’re a wine guru or just looking to take the edge off those in-laws' visit, this is the perfect way to give thanks for Oregon’s great bounty.
Here are four of our top destinations:
Árdíri Winery & Vineyards: Tucked into the Chehalem Mountains, this winery specializes in pinot noirs. Its vineyard rows are some of the densest planted in Oregon, allowing for rich and intricate subtleties in flavor—not to mention one of the best panoramic views in the state.
The Eyrie Vineyards: Just outside McMinnville, this historic winery was the first in Oregon to plant both Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes, circa 1965. Best of all, the winery is still in the family! Get the firsthand start-up story from Jason Lett, son of founding legend David Lett.
Tyee Wine Cellars: This small, family operated winery is located in the heart of Corvallis, and is 100% solar powered. Bonus: Tyee's 12 Estate Pinot Noir was Portland Monthly's #1 wine pick in Oregon's 50 Best Wines of 2014.
Blakeslee Vineyard Estate: The site of a former Christmas tree farm, this Sherwood winery nurtures its vines with the rare strict dry farm technique, leading to unique Pinot Noir and Chardonnay blends. Fire pit seating and S’mores provided, this weekend only!
For more information, and a printable PDF guide to all the participating wineries, click here.