Wine Tasting and Camping in Oregon
Oregon has been the leader in sustainable growing practices for decades. These practices include techniques, such as incorporating cover crops, using natural fertilizers and pesticides to ensure native habitats, watershed quality and wildlife are protected, and to hold to a high standard of worker health and safety practices.
Estate wineries that meet these standards are eligible for LIVE, organic or biodynamic certification. LIVE provides science-based standards for sustainable winegrowers, and supports responsible winegrowing.
This wine trail pairs best with overnight camping:
The first day of wine tasting starts in the growing wine area of Sherwood. Situated in the Chehalem Mountains area, these wineries produce delectable sustainable wines that reflect the soils of the area.
First, stop at the Tuscan-inspired tasting room at Alloro Vineyard, an artisan winery dedicated to creating handcrafted Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and dessert wine. The vineyards are farmed in a sustainable manner, protecting the environment, nurturing soil health and ensuring premium wines from vintage to vintage. (Open Thursday-Monday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Next, venture to Ponzi Vineyards, one of the pioneering wineries in Oregon, which is committed to sustainable winegrowing. Set atop a Northwest facing Chehalem Mountains slope, taste Ponzi’s internationally acclaimed wines in its modern tasting room overlooks the majestic Avellana Vineyard. (Open daily, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.)
Grab a bite at the South Store Cafe, located not far from Ponzi. Housed in a historic landmark, this café offers scratch-made soup, sandwiches and other entrees for breakfast and lunch, as well as a full coffee bar and pastries. (Open Tuesday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
After lunch, visit Cooper Mountain Vineyards, which was the first certified biodynamic winery in the Pacific Northwest. The Cooper Mountain philosophy is to craft authentic wines with minimal intervention while respecting the soils and climate they originate from, resulting in excellent organic and biodynamic wines. (Open daily, 12-5 p.m.)
Last stop of the day is Dion Vineyard in the city of Cornelius. For more than 30 years three generations have grown premium Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay in Dion’s 60-acre vineyard. Grapes grown in Dion’s sustainable vineyard are used by a variety of wineries throughout Oregon, as well as in its own estate wines. (Open Friday-Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., April-November)
Start the day at Patton Valley Vineyard in Gaston. Patton Valley is focused on producing fine handcrafted, estate-grown Pinot Noir using certified sustainable farming practices to produce wines that are true to site. (Open Thursday-Monday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Next, visit Montinore Estate, an organic and biodynamic vineyard and winery, located outside of Forest Grove. Montinore holds high standards in sustainable agriculture and careful craftsmanship and is committed to creating balanced wines that are true to the vineyard’s characteristics. (Open daily, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Drive to downtown Forest Grove and enjoy lunch at Bites Restuarant. The tapas style menu offers unique East-meets-West dishes as well as burgers, breakfast sandwiches and more. Bites is committed to service fresh cuisine by sourcing local ingredients.
After lunch, visit Tualatin Estate Vineyard. Established in 1973, Tualatin Estate is one of the most respected vineyard sites in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Wine grapes from the estate’s 145-acre vineyard have produced world-renowned wines for 38 years, and the winery is now a part of Willamette Valley Vineyards. (Open Saturday-Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.)
The last winery stop is Apolloni Vineyards, which specializes in the sustainable production of traditional Pinot Noir and Italian-style wines. Apolloni’s 40-acre vineyard, located in in the northern part of the Tualatin River Basin, provides an ideal growing climate for Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc varietals. Tradition, Italian, and family are the foundations of Apolloni Vineyards and its winemaking. (Open daily, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)