Featured Oregon Wine Region

Downtown Carlton Wineries

With dozens of wineries within walking distance, Carlton is a dream town for Oregon wine lovers. These are our favorite wineries in downtown Carlton.

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

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

Recommended Wineries

Tasting wines in the cellar at Carlton Winemakers Studio

The Carlton Winemakers Studio

801 N Scott St, Carlton, OR 97111
Wines: A full range of Oregon wines from 15 different producers. The tasting flight features an ever-changing selection.

The Carlton Winemakers Studio is a unique cooperative winery in which 15 different vintners share one space to craft premium Oregon wines. Founded in 2002, the Winemakers Studio is located on the north edge of Carlton and provides the ideal incubator for smaller wineries looking to start or grow their wine brand. Some of Oregon’s biggest names got their start here, including Soter and Penner-Ash. Well-loved brands and up-and-comers call the studio home today, including 00 Wines, Andrew Rich Wines, Hamacher Wines, Ratio and RR Wines.

Why We Love CWS: The modern tasting room features a revolving selection of wines made at the studio. The winery has received impressive accolades over the years, with features in Food & Wine, Wine Spectator, The Oregonian and more.

Website
Hours & Directions

No reservations required, walk-ins welcome

Best new tasting room in Carlton
Wine tasting at Celestial Hill in Carlton
Celestial Hill wine tasting

Celestial Hill Vineyard

258 N Kutch St Ste A, Carlton, OR 97111
Wines: Rosé, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir

Celestial Hill is a perfect blend between talented winemaking and a unique vineyard site in Oregon’s coastal foothills. The winemaker is Jay Somers, who you may know from his JC Somers label and previous work at J Christopher. Jay brings a deft touch to Celestial Hill, which is located in downtown Carlton in the winery space formerly occupied by Flaneur. Celestial Hill Vineyard itself is located nearby in the Oregon coast range, which is known for wines of bracing acidity and complexity thanks to longer hang times for ripening.

Why Featured: Wonderful wines crafted by heralded winemaker Jay Somers in a cozy Carlton setting. Crisp whites, complex Pinots.

Website
Hours & directions
Arrange Tasting

Walk-ins welcome, reservations recommended but not required

Craft Wine Company wine bar

Craft Wine Co.

116 W Main St, Carlton, OR 97111
Wines: Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Syrah, Rosé, Viognier, Sparkling Wines, White Blends, Red Blends, Müller-Thurgau, Gamay Noir, Chardonnay, Grenache, Cabernet Franc, Kerner, Grüner Veltliner, Mondeuse, St. Laurent, Zweigelt, Sauvignon Blanc, Vermentino, Blaufrankisch, Trousseau, Melon de Bourgogne

Craft Wine Co. brings three brands under one roof: Omero, Minimus, and Origin. Omero was started in 2008 and pays homage to the rich history of the Willamette Valley representing simple, fresh, approachable wines using traditional methods. Minimus kicked off in 2011 as a series of one-off experiments and continues to be a space for innovative winemaking. Origin launched in 2014 to highlight special wines that stand out from the rest, which means the Origin wine line-up changes each vintage. The Craft team pride themselves in making authentic wines, from one-off experiments and special occasion wines, to everyday wines for the dinner table.

Why We Love Craft Wine Co.: You never know what experiment or one-off wine you might get to taste.

Website
Hours & directions
Arrange Tasting

Walk-ins welcome, no reservations needed

Flâneur Wines

168 S Pine St, Carlton, OR 97111
Wines: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Gamay Noir, Sparkling Wine

Flâneur Wines is a small Carlton winery crafting wines from two organic estate vineyards near Newberg. The wines are made by Grant Coulter, former head winemaker at the acclaimed Beaux Frères winery. Grant is a dedicated proponent of terroir and the need for minimal intervention in the winemaking process. With minimal intervention, it is critical to source grapes from well-maintained, carefully farmed vineyards. Flâneur thus owns two estate organic vineyards on the western edge of Newberg: Flânerie Vineyard in the Ribbon Ridge AVA and La Belle Promenade Vineyard in the Chehalem Mountains AVA. The Flaneur leadership recently restored the Carlton Grain Elevator and turned it into an absolutely gorgeous tasting room and event space.

Why We Love Flâneur: The ambience in the restored grain elevator in downtown Carlton is second to none!

Website
Hours & Directions
Arrange Tasting

K & M Wines

128 W Main St, Carlton, OR 97111
Wines: Viognier, Chardonnay, Rosé, Pinot Noir, Grenache, Cabernet Franc

Named after proprietors Ken & Mauro, K&M Wines offers a full range of Oregon wines from their charming downtown Carlton tasting room. Ken & Mauro bought their estate Alchemy Vineyard on Parrett Mountain in 2006. Their 3-acre vineyard grows Pommard and Wädenswil clones of Pinot Noir and a Dijon clone of Chardonnay. In addition to their estate fruit, the duo source grapes from southern Oregon to craft Grenache and Cabernet Franc. Assisting in the vineyard management are their seven miniature sheep, keeping the grass mowed and assisting with grape sucker removal.

Why We Love K&M: You’ll often find Ken pouring the current flight of wines at their charming downtown Carlton tasting room.

Website
Hours & Directions
Arrange Tasting

Walk-ins welcome, no reservations needed

Best wine tasting in Carlton, Oregon
Wine tasting at Ken Wright Cellars

Ken Wright Cellars

120 N Pine St, Carlton, OR 97111
Wines: Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay, Rosé

Ken Wright is an all-star in the Oregon wine industry, having made wine in Oregon since the 1980s. Ken put Carlton on the map and has been key in transforming the sleepy logging town into a destination Oregon wine town (it now has the most tasting rooms per capita in the US). Ken Wright Cellars specializes in single-vineyard Pinot Noir from throughout the Willamette Valley, with a special emphasis on vineyards in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA. The tasting room itself is in the restored Carlton train depot and is a beautiful location to enjoy some of Oregon’s very best Pinot Noir.

Why We Love Ken Wright Cellars: The Pinot is outstanding, and the outdoor fire tables are so inviting and can’t be found anywhere else in Carlton!

Website
Hours & Directions
Arrange Tasting

Pike Road Wines

105 W Main St, Carlton, OR 97111
Wines: Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Rosé, Pinot Noir, Dessert Wine

Pike Road Wines offers high-quality, cost-effective wines from their downtown Carlton tasting room. The sister-winery of acclaimed Oregon winery Elk Cove Vineyards, Pike Road focuses on crafting high-quality Oregon wines at affordable prices. Still created by the same winemaking team as Elk Cove, these wines are in a slightly different style that makes them ready to drink now rather than requiring a few years of cellaring. Focusing on keeping prices down doesn’t mean this is bulk wine… Pike Road works with small production, exclusive single vineyards like Shea Vineyard.

Why We Love Pike Road: The wines often are very affordable for the quality, and the back patio a great space to hang out in the summer.

Website
Hours & Directions
Arrange Tasting

Stone Griffon

305 W Main Street, Carlton OR 97111
Wines: Pinot Gris, Riesling, Rosé, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Tempranillo, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon

Stone Griffon Vineyard is the result of the passion and vision of winemaker and vineyard manager Terry McIntyre. Terry planted his vineyard on the outskirts of Carlton in 2007, and more vines have been added in successive years. Terry makes wines from the estate fruit, including Tempranillo, Riesling and Pinot Noir, and also sources grapes from Eastern Washington. Stone Griffon has particularly made a name for themselves with their Tempranillo, which has earned Gold medals at numerous wine events on the West Coast. That the Tempranillo is grown in Carlton and not sourced from elsewhere is especially noteworthy.

Why We Love Stone Griffon: This under-the-radar producer makes some impressive big red wines from Oregon and Washington vineyards. Worth visiting to expand your cellar beyond Pinot.

Website
Hours & Directions
Arrange Tasting

Walk-ins welcome, no reservations needed

Map of Recommended Wineries

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.
Privacy Settings
We use cookies to enhance your experience while using our website. If you are using our Services via a browser you can restrict, block or remove cookies through your web browser settings. We also use content and scripts from third parties that may use tracking technologies. You can selectively provide your consent below to allow such third party embeds. For complete information about the cookies we use, data we collect and how we process them, please check our Privacy Policy
Youtube
Consent to display content from Youtube
Vimeo
Consent to display content from Vimeo
Google Maps
Consent to display content from Google
Spotify
Consent to display content from Spotify
Sound Cloud
Consent to display content from Sound