A Wine Tasting Itinerary in Newberg, Oregon
To the north and west of Newberg are dozens of wineries located on countryside vineyard estates
At the base of the Chehalem mountains outside of Newberg are scores of vineyards and wineries taking advantage of the perfect grape growing conditions. This country setting is incredibly beautiful and home to some of the best wineries in Oregon. All are located within the Chehalem Mountain AVA, which is acclaimed for producing world-class Pinot noir wines. This tasting itinerary features three of our favorite Newberg Countryside wineries to visit.
30 minutes from Portland
Newberg is a thirty minute drive southwest of Portland
Dozens of Wineries
There are dozens of Newberg wineries in the countryside northwest of Newberg. We've picked three of the best for members to enjoy
2021 CLUB FEATURED WINERY
Redefining eminent domain, Eminent Domaine produces delicious Pinot noirs and Chardonnays in a tucked away corner of wine country. In 2002, Jeff Meader and his family embarked on their dream adventure of having a vineyard and winery of their own. Starting with a little parcel in the coveted Ribbon Ridge AVA, they produced 150 cases of Pinot noir in 2006. After opening a tasting room on the property in 2016, plans began for a winery and home next door. In 2018, Jeff, his wife Heather, their two daughters, Ava and Charley, and their dog, Benny moved to the estate.
The Ribbon Ridge AVA is a special corner of the Willamette Valley and Eminent Domaine's wines are one of its best kept secrets. The wines have received some of the highest accolades from major wine publications, but also the admiration of passionate wine drinkers in the know. WineryHunt Members, have you tasted Eminent Domaine? We are certain you are in for a treat!
Wines Produced: Chardonnay, Pinot noir
Featured in Previous Years
While the below wineries aren't offering benefits to WineryHunt Club Members in 2021, they are well worth visiting when you are in the Newberg countryside.
Up a steep dirt driveway northwest of Newberg is the beautiful vineyard and tasting room of Tresori. With the first vineyard blocks planted in 1997 and the first wine released in 2007, Tresori offers exceptional hospitality and wines from their hilltop perch. The tasting room is a beautifully restored barn, with exposed wooden beams and a stone fireplace making for a memorable ambience. On warm days, spread out on the large back patio to enjoy the views while sipping wine.
The tasting begins with the family's white blend, Fusione, followed by Rosé and a flight of estate Pinot Noirs. Tresori makes single-block Pinots from various section of the vineyard, allowing you to taste the difference that soil and elevation make in the finished wine. Dave the tasting room manager leads guests through a multi-year vertical of Pinot noir, with the flight including older vintages that have been cellared for years.
Wines Offered: Pinot Noir, Rosé, Viognier
VIDON is a boutique vineyard & winery run by Don and Vicki Hagge. Don has a fascinating background that includes being chief of the physics branch for NASA's Apollo Space program for mission 7-13. Don's retirement brought him and Vicki to Oregon in 1999 where they established their vineyard and winery in the Newberg Countryside.
Winemaker David Bellows produces all VIDON wines on-site with minimal intervention. The tasting room is inside of the winery itself, with winemaking equipment and barrels within arms reach of the tasting bar. It makes for an excellent environment to ask questions about the winemaking process and better understand how premium Oregon wines make the journey from grape to bottle. Step outside the tasting room for beautiful southern views of the vineyard and distant Dundee Hills. There's also a patio area to sit and enjoy your tasting of Chardonnay, Viognier, Pinot Noir, Syrah and Tempranillo, all grown on the estate.
Wines Offered:Chardonnay, Viognier, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Tempranillo
"A boutique winery with amazing wines and a lovely setting, you will not be disappointed. Buy a bottle and sit out out on the grounds and relax and take in the beautiful hillside views. Don is a great host and if you only knew his background... it doesn't take a Rocket scientist to make wine.. or does it?!" -Don O, Google Review
Rain Dance Vineyard
Located on a llama ranch on the northern edge of Newberg, Rain Dance Vineyards produces classic Oregon wines from their estate vineyards.
The first thing you'll notice when arriving at the red barn tasting room of Rain Dance Vineyards are the dozens of llamas grazing in the backyard hillside. Prior to starting Rain Dance Vineyards, fifth-generation Newberg residents Ken and Celia Austin raised award-winning llamas on the property. The tasting room patio now sits on a corner of this llama ranch, and visitors are welcome to feed the llamas while enjoying a flight of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, Gewurztraminer and Rosé. The staff at Rain Dance Vineyards offer gracious hospitality in this elegant country setting, complete with tranquil views from the covered porch and patio. For those who love to shop, there is a great little market inside the tasting room offering local artwork, custom wood furniture and other unique gifts.
Wines Offered: Riesling, Rosé, Gewurztraminer, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
“Don helped put men in space, so all we can say is these wines are out of this world! It's not often the owner/winemaker is even on site, much less behind the counter pouring. VIDON is truly a one of a kind tasting experience.”
Vidon VineyardBrittany R. | Google Review
“In terms of wine, ambiance and location it's hard to beat Tresori. The structure itself is amazing. It's an old hazelnut roaster built by traditional Amish means. Can't say enough about this place.”
Tresori VineyardsKevin B | Yelp Review
“This weekend I was able to visit 8 Willamette wineries that I hadn’t been to before. My favorites wines and experiences were Rain Dance Vineyards, which was so welcoming (and they have a herd of llamas!).”
My Wine TribeFacebook Review