A Wine Tasting Itinerary near Carlton, Oregon
Surrounding the Oregon wine town of Carlton are the vineyards and wineries of the Yamhill-Carlton AVA.
The beautiful rolling hills and valleys around Carlton are home to dozens of wineries and tasting rooms. On this tasting itinerary, we highlight wineries in the countryside. Overall, this list of wineries provides a glimpse of the best tasting rooms around Carlton and the fabulous wines crafted in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA.
50 Minutes from Portland
Carlton is an easy 50 minute drive southwest of Portland
There are over 50 wineries in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA. This list features a few of the best in the countryside around Carlton.
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2021 Club Featured Winery
Abbott Claim2021 Featured Winery Profile
Reconstructing Oregon history, Abbott Claim vineyard encompasses most of the original 1855 land claim of John F. Abbott. 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 John Abbott's claim. 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.
The Abbott Claim winery opened for visitors in September 2020. Tastings are held on a reservation basis only, allowing guests to fully immerse themselves in their experience. The first Abbott Claim wines will be released in 2021 and made available by allocation to their mailing list. WineryHunt Oregon members will be among the first to get to experience this new exploration of Oregon's terroir.
Wines Produced: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay
2021 Club Featured Winery
Résonance Winery2021 Featured Winery Profile
"Résonance is removed, spiritual and surrounded by forest. We want those who come to experience something intimate, special, unique." Thibault Gagey captures the sense of Résonance perfectly. Based in Carlton, Oregon Résonance is the culmination of the generations long relationship between Maison Louis Jadot and the Kopf family. The French maison was founded by the Jadot Family in 1859—the same year as the State of Oregon. Nurturing premier and grand cru vineyards in Burgundy, Maison Louis Jadot earned a reputation for world-class wines made in small lots, capturing the attention of Rudy Kopf, an importer for Kobrand Wine & Spirits and the founder of the wine and spirits division of Macy’s department store in New York. In 1945, Rudy made a pilgrimage to visit Maison Louis Jadot, and the long-standing relationship between the Kopf and Jadot Families commenced.
Today, Oregon enjoys the fruits of this French connection. WineryHunt members will enjoy the classic, simple winemaking style of Résonance, which permits the Yamhill-Carlton terroir show through without interruption. Tastings are held in the stunning tasting room in the Calrton Countryside, complete with fire pits and gorgeous views of the coast range and vineyards.
Wines Offered: Chardonnay, Pinot noir, Rosé
Featured in Previous Years
While these wineries aren't offering benefits to WineryHunt Club Members in 2021, they are well worth visiting when you are in the Carlton countryside.
Anne Amie Vineyards
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 Noirs and the Rubies Dessert Wine. Anne Amie features a great crew of people who love wine and where they work. The winery features a large outdoor patio with picnic tables to enjoy the wines and outside food. There are also hammocks on the grassy hill to take a nap and soak in the sun. This may just become your new home away from home! As an extra perk for WineryHunt club members, you enjoy 20% on mixed case purchases.
Wines Offered: White Blends, Muller Thurgau, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Rosé, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir Blanc, Sparkling Wine, Pinot Noir, Gamay Noir, Dessert Wine
"An absolutely gorgeous place to wine taste. Or bring lunch and get a bottle of wine.The staff are amazing, friendly, funny and knowledgeable." -CH, Yelp Review
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, you'll work your way through honest Yamhill-Carlton AVA Riesling, Rosé and Pinot Noir. These wines are acclaimed thanks to careful winemaking and a truly distinctive, beautifully managed vineyard. 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. As fo the name? The property backs up to the Trappist Abbey, with a gate on the vineyard that allows the Monks to pass through (true story).
Wines Offered: Riesling, Rosé, Pinot Noir
"Off the beaten path, I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Monks Gate for both what it is and what it isn't. As the Willamette Valley - and wine tourism in general - become more popular and thus more polished and upscale, it's refreshing to visit a mom-and-pop, family-owned winery that is decidedly casual. It's really a pleasant experience." ME, Yelp Review
Chris James Cellars
Chris James Cellars is a family-owned and operated vineyard and winery that produces unique wines in 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. As an extra benefit to WineryHunt Club members, Chris James Cellars is offering 20% off case purchases.
Wines Offered: White blends,Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Rosé, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Noir Blanc, Dolcetto, Lagrein, Pinot Noir
"Great view, excellent wine and friendly staff. What more could one want?" -CH, Google Review