When one thinks of Oregon, it’s hard to ignore the history of the Oregon Trail and the state’s inhabitants pioneering spirit that has continued into the 21st Century. When it comes to the pioneer mindset, the winemakers of the northern Willamette Valley are prime examples, many of who are laying the groundwork for the future of organic, biodynamic and sustainable winemaking. Take a tour on our sustainable wine trail!
Start with a satisfying late breakfast or early lunch at the Ironwork Grill at the McMenamins Grand Lodge. This quintessentially Oregonian establishment features restored antique glass windows and lots of seasonal specials made with local ingredients. With fuel in your belly, head over to Montinore Estate to taste a flight of organic wines. This family-run organic- and biodynamic-certified vineyard estate is among one of Oregon’s largest producers of sustainable wines, and it produces an impressive selection of varietals, including Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Merlot and more.
Next stop is Elk Cove Vineyards, a 35-year-old, family-owned estate winery. Taste a flight of wine produced from sustainably farmed grapes from their vineyards, including two that are organic, and enjoy the spectacular views of the northern Willamette Valley.
Next, visit the Ponzi Vineyards tasting room in Sherwood. Ponzi Vineyards is one of Oregon’s pioneering wineries, and for more than 40 years, has been producing quality, Italian-inspired wines. Sample a flight of sustainably produced wines in the tasting room, play a game of bocce ball, or simply enjoy the breathtaking views of the valley below.
Final stop of the day is Cooper Mountain Vineyards, located on the slopes of an ancient volcano and designated as one of the first certified organic and biodynamic vineyard wineries in the Pacific Northwest.
After a long day of wine tasting, rest easy, rest well and rest affordably by purchasing a local wine and lodging package. Plan your wine getaway—close to Portland—in one swoop! These packages include great wine-tasting deals, lux accommodations and lots of extra perks.
Oregon didn’t invent sustainable wine, but we sure perfected it!