One of the great reasons to live in Portland is the easy access to wineries. The Willamette Valley is filled with a lot of great producers, many that aren't carried in stores, even in the immediate area. For Labor Day, I decided to head South and check out a few of the ones I hadn't been to before.
I started the morning at Vista Hills, which I had been to before. They have an absolutely amazing view and some fantastic wines. We were a little early though, so we just sort of poked around and took some pictures. Next time we'll definitely need to hang out longer and do a full tasting. I can't wait to take in this view for an extended period of time.
We were on a bit of a tight schedule, though, so we moved on to Domaine Serene. I'd never tried any of their wines before, so we opted to split the Estate (high end) tasting ($40). It was very pleasant and a fun experience. The staff were top notch and incredibly friendly. Also, there was this awesome mammoth in the yard.
After a quick hop down the road, we hit up Domaine Drouhin.
While the two places have similar names, they were very different. At Domaine Drouhin we only got to try 3 wines (we didn't share this time) but for a much cheaper price ($10 each) and at a much slower pace. We enjoyed sitting out on the patio and taking in the gorgeous view.
Lunch had to be next, so we headed into town for a bite. After a few minutes away from the wine, we were ready to get back at it.
Next up was Torri Mor. I'd heard they made a wonderful Port, so I was anxious to try it. It was indeed amazing (so good I didn't take a picture). The tasting room there was Japanese themed. That theme stretched out into a beautiful little garden that I took a quick walk through before heading to the next, and last winery on the list.
The last stop was at Lange Estate Wines. The tasting room there was very inviting and friendly. We samples a huge number of wines for our small tasting fee (I think it was $15). It was the perfect way to round out the day. I wish I'd managed to take some pictures there, but I totally forgot. I will say that the 2012 Rose of Sangiovese was my absolute favorite from the tasting menu.
Do you have a favorite Oregon wine producer?