Featured Oregon Wine Region

Tualatin Hills AVA Wineries

The Tualatin Valley near Forest Grove is home to some of the Willamette Valley’s oldest grapevines.

The Tualatin Valley’s signature grapes are Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer, and Riesling among others. With old vines come the deep roots needed to make wines of complexity and deep character. The indigenous tribes of this area called the river “Tualatin,” which means “gentle and easy flowing.” The same could be said for the winemakers that nurture the wines you’ll enjoy during your visit.

This area of wine country is simple to get to via Hoighway 26 west of Portland, or Highway 47 north from McMinnville area. Get Directions.

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

Recommended Wineries

These are our favorite wineries in Oregon’s Tualatin Hills AVA

Taste wines in the cellars at Apolloni Vineyards
Wine tasting at Apolloni Vineyards
Apolloni Vineyards wine flights

Apolloni

14135 NW Timmerman Rd, Forest Grove, OR 97116
Wines: Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Viognier, Pinot Noir, White Blends, Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Red Blends, Nebbiolo, Sparkling Wines, Rosé, Dessert Wines.

Apolloni Vineyards’ roots originate in the Arezzo region of Tuscany, Italy. Alfredo Apolloni and his wife Laurine purchased their 62-acre property in 1999. They moved from the mid-west, set up house, and soon were expanding the existing 5 acre vineyard on the property. Today, they have a wide range of varietals for their winemaking team to transform into wine, including Nebbiolo and other warm climate varietals sourced from Washington that harken back to the family’s Italian roots.

Why We Love Apolloni: Be transported to Tuscany when you visit their villa and sample Pinot Noir and Italian varietals while you enjoy the sunshine on the patio and the bocce courts.

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Dauntless Wine Company
Veteran made wines at Dauntless Wine Company
Wine tasting at Dauntless Wine Company

Dauntless Wine Co.

2003 Main St, Forest Grove, OR 97116
Wines: Pinot Noir, Syrah, Rosé of Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Blanc de noir

Dauntless Wine Cømpany is a veteran-owned and operated winery whose mission is to serve the veteran community through charitable contribution. Located in the northern Willamette Valley, their goal is to craft premium Oregon wine while helping veterans transition from the battlefield to the home front. At Dauntless, they are committed to service by giving veterans a professional alternative through viticulture and enology – allowing them to decompress from the stressors of post-war life. A visit to their tasting room is a one-of-a-kind experience with a unique story that goes with every wine you’ll taste.

Why We Love Dauntless: We love their mission! Today, two out of every three retiring farmers are not being replaced, and veterans are needed once again to serve America. Dauntless is a proud member of the Farmer Veteran Coalition – a 501(c) organization that assists Veterans in becoming farmers and agricultural leaders in their communities.

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Patton Valley Vineyard winery
Winery team at Patton Valley Vineyard
Patton Valley Vineyard wines

Patton Valley

9449 SW Old Highway 47, Gaston, OR 97119
Wines: Pinot Noir Rosé, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Syrah

Patton Valley Vineyard offers beautiful wines, spectacular views and friendly staff from their hillside winery in Gaston, Oregon. The winery is situated in the center of the 30-acre estate vineyard, which grows Pinot Noir, Gamay Noir, and Chenin blanc. Unlike tasting rooms far removed from the actual winery, Patton Valley’s tasting room is part and parcel of the winery itself. You’ll get an up-close look at the winemaking process, especially if you visit during harvest in the fall. Guests rave about the friendly staff and the quality of the Pinot noir and other wines crafted at Patton Valley. Patton Valley is also a fully sustainable winery, certified by LIVE (low input viticulture and enology).

Why We Love Patton Valley: Beyond excellent Pinot Noir, the Gamay Noir, pétillant natural and Chenin Blanc are seldom found elsewhere in Oregon.

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Wine tasting at Tualatin Estate
Vineyards at historic Tualatin Estate
Wine tasting at Tualatin Estate

Tualatin Estate Vineyard

10850 NW Seavey Rd, Forest Grove, OR 97116
Wines: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sparkling wine, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Muscat, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Tempranillo, Merlot, Viognier, red blends

Tualatin Estate Vineyard, established in 1973 by wine pioneer Bill Fuller, is one of the oldest and most respected vineyard sites in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Wine grapes from this 175-acre vineyard have produced world-renowned wines for nearly 45 years. Tualatin Estate is the only vineyard to have won the Best of Show for both the red and white categories at the London International Wine Competition in the same year.  Tualatin Estate Vineyard is proudly owned and operated by Willamette Valley Vineyards since 1997. The setting is quaint with picnic tables on the lawns to enjoy a glass or bottle of Willamette Valley Vineyards’ award-winning wine. The staff are very friendly and love sharing stories about the Founder, Bill Fuller, who still makes wine at age 82 and frequents the tasting room.

Why We Love Tualatin Estate: Tualatin’s Pinot Noir captured the Governor’s Trophy, Oregon’s most prestigious wine award, two years consecutively in 1994 and 1995. This is a feat unduplicated by any Oregon winery.

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This tasting pack includes waived tastings/discounts at three select wineries in the Ashland area based on your tasting preferences.

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  1. Purchase a tasting pack and tell us your tasting preferences
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  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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