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Wineries in the Carlton Countryside

The beautiful rolling hills and valleys around Carlton, Oregon are home to dozens of wineries and tasting rooms. On this tasting itinerary, we highlight wineries in the countryside surrounding this small town 50 minutes southwest of Portland. Overall, this list of wineries provides a glimpse of the best tasting rooms around Carlton and the memorable wines crafted in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA.

Carlton is an easy 50 minute drive southwest of Portland. Get Directions.

We recommend staying in a nearby vacation rental via AirBNB or VRBO.

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These are our favorite wineries in the Carlton Countryside

Winery at Abbott Claim
Tasting in the cellar at Abbott Claim

Abbott Claim

11011 NE Bayliss Rd, Carlton, OR 97111
Wines: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay

Located in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA of Oregon’s Willamette Valley, Abbott Claim is perched atop the Savannah Ridge, a 170-acre boundary that hosts some of the oldest soils in the Willamette Valley. Starting in 2006, Beck Family Estate proprietor, Antony Beck, began purchasing the vineyards that make up the full estate – functionally reassembling an historic land claim by John Abbott. As the next generation of stewards of this land, the team has implemented organic and regenerative farming practices in the vineyard and its surroundings since 2018, crafting examples of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay that truly speak to place.

Why We Love Abbott Claim: The state-of-the-art winery has a living roof, curving barrel cellars and an underground wine library. The wine tasting often includes a caviar pairing and is second to none.

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Anne Amie Vineyards

6580 NE Mineral Springs Rd, Carlton, OR 97111
Wines: White Blends, Müller Thurgau, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Rosé, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir blanc, Sparkling Wine, Pinot Noir, Gamay Noir, Dessert

Located at the top of a hill with incredible western views of the valley and Coast Range, Anne Amie Vineyards offers an impressive selection of wines, all grown in the Willamette Valley. Some highlights include the Amrita White blend (your new favorite), Pinot Noir Blanc, Pinot Noir and the Rubies Dessert Wine. The winery features a large outdoor patio with picnic tables to enjoy the wines while soaking in the views.

Why We Love Anne Amie Vineyards: The views are some of the very best in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA, along with a huge patio to spread out

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Wine tasting at Carlton Hill Winery
Croquet on the lawn at Carlton Hill Vineyard and Winery

Carlton Hill Vineyard

11511 NW Cummins Rd, Carlton, OR 97111
Wines: Pinot Noir, Rosé, Sparkling Wine

Situated in the heart of the Yamhill-Carlton American Viticulture Area, the 11-acre Carlton Hill Vineyard is the exclusive source of fruit for Carlton Hill Estate and Estate Reserve Pinot Noir—and this vineyard is something special. Winemaker and owner, David Polite has three principal hallmarks that guide his winemaking: growing great fruit, avoiding unnecessary manipulation of the wines, and bottling at a bright, high pH that gives their Pinot Noirs the capacity to age.

Why We Love Carlton Hill: Tastings are held in the beautiful historic barn at the top of Carlton Hill, and owner David Polite is a fantastic host and storyteller.

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Tasting on the patio at Chris James Cellars

Chris James Cellars

12000 Old Wagon Rd, Carlton, OR 97111
Wines: White Blends, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Rosé, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Noir blanc, Dolcetto, Lagrein, Pinot Noir

Chris James Cellars is a family-owned and operated vineyard and winery that produces unique wines in the hills west of Carlton. The vineyard was planted in 2012, with additional blocks planted in each year since. In 2015 the winery produced their first lots of Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc and have since expanded the wine selection to offer hand-crafted lots of Gewürztraminer, Riesling, Dolcetto, Lagrein and more. The secluded tasting room is a relaxing environment to soak in beautiful views of the Oregon coast range. You’ll be able to meet the winemakers themselves as you taste through the wide variety of wines offered.

Why We Love Chris James Cellars: A great variety of varietals to choose from in a serene, remote setting

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Special event space at the Red Barn at Dominio IV wines

Dominio IV Wines

11570 Northeast Intervale Rd, Carlton, OR 97111
Wines: Viognier, Riesling, Chardonnay, Syrah, Grenache, Pinot Noir, Tempranillo

Founded in 2002, the creativity of winemaker/co-owner Patrick Reuter is the heart of Dominio IV. In addition to creating many different varietals of wine, Patrick does “shape tastings”, visual artistic depictions of his own tasting experience with a varietal. These visual expressions of the wine make their way into the art of each label. The wines are sourced from the family’s biodynamic Three Sleeps Vineyard in the Columbia Gorge, from various vineyards in the Willamette Valley and from sustainably farmed Southern Oregon fruit. Tastings are held in the 1916 farmhouse, with an iconic red barn that has been converted into an event space.

Why We Love Dominio IV: You will be hard-pressed to find anywhere that is cooler to hang out than their converted old barn, plus their Tempranillos have a cult following.

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Wine tasting at Lemelson Vineyards

Lemelson Vineyards

12020 NE Stag Hollow Rd, Carlton, OR 97111
Wines: Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Riesling

Lemelson Vineyards began as a dream to create a winery that celebrates innovation in technology, sustainability in agriculture, and tradition in winemaking. Utilizing organic farming methods and gravity flow production, Lemelson Vineyards crafts estate-grown Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, and Riesling from some of the finest vineyards in the Willamette Valley in a state-of-the-art winery. 

Why We Love Lemelson: 100% estate wines, organically farmed vineyards, and beautiful vineyard views from the large outdoor patio. 

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Historic barn at MonksGate Vineyard and Winery
Dog friendly wine tasting at MonksGate Vineyard

MonksGate Vineyard

9500 NE Oak Springs Farm Rd, Carlton, OR 97111
Wines: Riesling, Rosé, Pinot Noir

The Moore Family are some of the nicest in the wine industry and always welcome guests like family to their small vineyard outside Carlton. Ron and Linda Moore started MonksGate in the early 2000s, clearing the land themselves for the 20-acre vineyard. This isn’t your grandiose million dollar tasting room— rather, a casual family operation that speaks to the heart and soul of the Oregon wine experience. With tastings set in a renovated garage and outside around the historic barn, you’ll work your way through Yamhill-Carlton AVA Riesling, Rosé and Pinot Noir. The Moore family conducts all of the tastings, so you can really dive deep into how the wines were made and the blending decisions for each vintage.

Why We Love MonksGate: There are multiple patios and tasting areas throughout the property to spread out and enjoy the views and wine.

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Resonance wines tasting room
Resonance Chardonnay

Résonance

12050 NW Meadowlake Rd, Carlton, OR 97111
Wines: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Rosé

The story of Résonance starts with Maison Louis Jadot, the famous Burgundian winery started in 1859. After enjoying years of success, Maison Louis Jadot expanded to the New World in 2013 with the purchase of Resonance Vineyard in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA. A winery and tasting room were built soon after, and all-star Burgundian winemakers Jacques Lardiere and Thibault Gagey took the help of the winemaking team at Résonance. For wine lovers looking for old-world style wines crafted in Oregon, look no further than Resonance.

Why We Love Resonance: Enjoy Burgundian-style wines in the gorgeous tasting room, and step outside for epic views of the vineyards and Oregon Coast Range.

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Purchase The Yamhill-Carlton Tasting Pack

Tasting packs are curated passes to our favorite wineries
Available a la carte below or via our quarterly subscription program

 

The Yamhill-Carlton Tasting Pack

This tasting pack includes waived tastings/discounts at three select wineries in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA based on your tasting preferences.

How It Works:

  1. Purchase a tasting pack and tell us your tasting preferences
  2. The WineryHunt Team assembles three wine tasting experiences in the Yamhill-Carlton area that we think you will love
  3. We mail you your tasting pack, which includes your three tasting passes and additional travel details
  4. You have six months from receipt of your pack to make an appointment at each selected winery
  5. Enjoy waived tastings and discounts on wine. Just present the winery card from your tasting pack while visiting to redeem.
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