A Wine Tasting Itinerary in Dundee, Oregon
Featured January 2020
One of Oregon's most well-known and iconic wine regions, Dundee is home to many of Oregon's most revered wineries.
On this itinerary, we explore two wineries in downtown Dundee (Alit and Day Wines), and two on vineyard estates just up the hill (Domaine Roy & fils and Winderlea Vineyard & Winery). These featured wineries offer everything from classic Oregon Pinot Noir at the Dundee Hills estates, true French champagne at Alit and unique varietals and blends at Day Wines. WineryHunt club members enjoy waived tastings and 10% discounts in this region during January 2020.
Alit Wines crafts delicious, small-production wines using Old World methods and minimal intervention. In addition to producing beautiful Pinot Noir, Rosé, Chardonnay and Champagne(!), Alit Wines is focused on keeping their wine costs low and being totally transparent about their pricing. They sell only Direct to Consumer and avoid the markup that comes with traditional retailer/distributor relationships. The result is a great bottle of wine at very accessible prices.
The modern tasting room in downtown Dundee is more like a living room than a traditional tasting room... guests can sit wherever they are most comfortable and enjoy a full flight of wine in leisure. It's a great place to hang out and just soak in the environment and wines.
Wines Offered: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Rosé, Champagne
"We are locals and Alit is our go-to tasting room. We love spending time there with the knowledgable, friendly, and fun staff. All of their wines offer something unique and interesting. Highly recommended!" -EL, Google Review
Day Wines at Day Camp
Day Camp, the collective home of eleven small producers, is one the Willamette Valley’s newest winemaking cooperatives. The star of the show at Day Camp is winemaker Brianne Day and her eponymous label Day Wines. Brianne is a rising-star in Oregon wine country, thanks in part to her creativity in the cellar. Brianne produces some of the most fascinating wines in Oregon, never shying away from uncommon varietals and unique blends. Try the Tears of Vulcan (blend of Viognier, Pinot gris and Muscat), or the sparkling Mamacita Pétillant Natural (blend of Vermentino and Muscat).
The gorgeous tasting room on the south end of downtown Dundee offers wine flights, wines by the glass, and by the bottle. Taste wines from Day Wines as well as some of the other producers making wine in this shared space, including Jackalope Wine Cellars and Maloof.
Wines Offered: Pinot Noir, Red & White Blends, Petillant-Naturel, Rosé, Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, etc.
"Relaxed atmosphere, easy access, sun-cover, family friendly, and creative wines. Lovely." -SC, Google Review
Domaine Roy & fils
The mission at Domaine Roy & fils is to produce wines of purity and transparency at the highest level from their land in Dundee and Carlton. Marc-André Roy and winemaker Jared Etzel established Domaine Roy & fils in 2012 to celebrate their heritage and continue the winemaking history of their fathers, Robert Roy and Michael Etzel, who founded Beaux Frères Winery in 1991.
Over 20 years later, the two families have kept the same focus of producing timeless wine through meticulous and almost obsessive work in the estate vineyards. Through careful stewardship of the land, a minimalist winemaking approach and a commitment to organic farming, Domaine Roy et fils wines exhibit a full expression of vintage and terroir. The hospitality experience at the stunning winery includes a visit of the cellar, followed by a seated and hosted tasting of their current release wines.
Reservations are encouraged on weekends. Call 503-687-2600 or book online (select Origin Tasting). Closed Jan 1 & 2 for New Years
Wines Offered: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay
"Great experience with friends at Domaine Roy for the afternoon. The deck is beautiful with spectacular view. They showed us the production process which was amazing. Down to earth people and thoughtful winery." -NB, Google Review
Winderlea Vineyard & Winery
Winderlea is a boutique winery specializing in the limited production of Pinot noir and Chardonnay from Oregon. Hand crafted by acclaimed winemaker Robert Brittan with minimal intervention and the modest use of new French oak barrels, these wines are food friendly and classic in style.
The tasting room is located midway up Dundee's famous Worden Hill Road in a modern building featuring stunning views of the surrounding vineyards. From ambience to the wine in your glass, this is a wine tasting experience you'll be eager to return to.
Reservations are required on weekends. Call 503-554-5900. Closed Jan 1 & Jan 20 for Holidays.
Wines Offered: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Rosé, Pinot Blanc
"Our favorite winery stop in Oregon during a recent trip, and the absolute best Pinot Noir I've ever tried. Beautiful building, beautiful grounds, and a kind and knowledgeable host who was great to us even though we showed up at the very end of the day." -AG, Google Review