There’s nothing like a glass of Oregon wine after a day of bundled-up hiking, driving or sightseeing through the fields, forests, sidewalks, and backroads of Western Oregon in fall, and Willamette Valley wine is among the finest in the world to relax with. According to Wine Enthusiast magazine, the region’s mild, cool, moderately wet climate creates wines that “are often considered the bridge between California and Burgundy style.”
And our Willamette Valley Bed and Breakfast is the perfect place to begin and each day of Oregon wine adventure, with our luxuriously appointed guest rooms, delicious gourmet breakfasts, and breathtaking mountain, valley and vineyard views. Reserve your room today at our Willamette Valley Bed and Breakfast!
Try Some of Our Favorite Oregon Wine This Fall
Here are some of our favorite Oregon wine vintages from Willamette Valley wine country that pair well with the region’s cooling weather and deep natural color:
- Bailey Family Wines 2017 Pinot Noir. In the words of one influential wine blog, “in fall, all food roads lead to Pinot Noir,” and Willamette Valley Pinot Noirs are among the best in the world. Ours is a dusky garnet red, with a nose just as alluring as it tastes with an oaky blend of mushrooms, fresh milled cedar, and campfire.
- Brooks Wines 2016 Cahiers Pinot Noir. This Willamette Valley wine, from nearby Amity, is richly bodied, and dark-fruited, with a gorgeous finish of cola and cacao notes.
- Bergstrom Wines 2018 Le Pré du Col Pinot Noir. Bergstrom, from Dundee, offers a number of well-regarded Willamette Valley Pinot Noirs. But this particular vintage, with scores between 93 (Wine & Spirits) and 96 (James Suckling), is on special offer.
- Elk Cove Vineyard 2017 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley. “A multi-faceted nose of cherry, tobacco, violets, and pastry introduces a wine with great purity of fruit.” Here are some other Elk Cove Pinot Noirs.
- Brittan Vineyards Pinot Noirs. Its current releases include three 2017 vintages: Basalt Block, Gestalt Block, and Estate. 2017 was a good growing season for Brittan: those vintages are “full-bodied yet retain the mineral notes and taut core of acidity” that are the winery’s hallmarks.
- Eyrie Vineyards Pinot Gris. A few years ago, a Portland Monthly reviewer said of a 2014 Eyrie Pinto Gris: “If autumn as a season could be compressed into a candy, Willy Wonka style, this is what it would taste it like.” Available now are three more current editions.
- Granville Wines 2018 Louie Pinot Noir. This winery wears its social conscience on its label, pledging to donate five percent of sales proceeds of this wine to “organizations who have entrenched themselves in the fight for equality.” What could be more fall 2020 than that?
- Roco Winery 2017 Knudsen Vineyards Pinot Noir. This wine earned a 92 score from Wine Spectator. Washington Wine Blog said it “shows gorgeous aromatic range,” is “full-bodied and generous” and “bright, with outstanding richness.”
- Brick House Vineyard 2017 Le Dijonaiis Pinot Noir. The first block of wines from Brick House’s Dijon vines, in 1998, earned a 94 score from Wine Spectator, and “the block has excelled in quality with age.”
- Trisateum 2017 Estates Reserve Pinot Noir. This one earned a score of 93 from Wine Spectator. What more need be said?
- Dominio IV 2015 Love Lies Bleeding Pinot Noir. It’s hard to resist this just for the name, but its tasting notes: it’s a wine that “expresses sweet round aromatics like candied cherries and strawberry compote. The texture is round in the front of the mouth with lots of long, juicy flavors, fine tannin, and balanced acidity.”
Where to Stay to Sample Great Oregon Wine This Fall
Willamette Valley’s cool climate is perfect for growing Pinot Noir and other great kinds of Oregon wine, but the valley also produces exceptional Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Blanc. And there are more than 600 Willamette Valley wineries in which to find them. Start your journey at our award-winning biodynamic winery and our Willamette Valley Bed and Breakfast, and we’ll introduce you to the best Oregon wine in the region. Start planning your adventure through Oregon’s wine country today.