3 Reasons Why Willamette Valley Pinot Noir Is So Amazing

3 Reasons Why Willamette Valley Pinot Noir is so Amazing

Pinot Noir Sign On Grape Vines for Willamette Valley Pinot NoirWillamette Valley Pinot Noir wines are world-famous and the pride of Oregon Wine Country. Visitors from far and wide come to Yamhill County to sample this celebrated wine. There are three major factors that make Willamette Valley Pinot Noir so amazing: the climate, the soil and the dedicated winemakers.

The Willamette Valley became an official AVA (American Viticultural Area) in 1983, right after Oregon Pinot Noir first burst onto the world wine stage in the late 1970s. However, the story of excellent Willamette Valley Pinot Noir began over 10,000 years ago when ancient floods left behind the rich soil that grows the grapes today. The Willamette Valley AVA also has the climate ideal for Pinot Noir grapes. The abundant rainfall during the winter months coupled with the warm, dry summers with cool evenings creates the perfect conditions.

Today the Willamette Valley is known as one of the best wine-producing areas in the world. The winemaking community has grown to more than 700 wineries and 1,000 vineyards, and over half the wine made here is the superb Willamette Valley Pinot Noir.

The landscape of the Willamette Valley echoes the beauty and elegance of a perfectly balanced Pinot Noir. A whole vacation to Oregon Wine Country can be built around sampling the best Willamette Valley Pinot Noir wines. Wherever your wine quest takes you, the Bed and Breakfasts of Yamhill County has the perfect accommodations for your getaway. With over 20 member inns and bed and breakfasts they offer a wonderful choice of locations and amenities.

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3 Excellent Reasons To Get An Oregon Wine Passport

3 Excellent Reasons to get an Oregon Wine Passport

Oregon Wine Passport to vineyard on country road on sunny dayAn Oregon Wine Passport membership means great savings and special offers from dozens of wineries in the Willamette Valley. The passport pays for itself even during a weekend getaway to Oregon Wine Country. Better yet, two members can share one passport, so come explore and save together. Each participating winery offers their own unique benefits to their Oregon Wine Passport members. Just show your membership card when you visit and use it as often as you like. You’ll sip many reasons to get an Oregon Wine Passport but these 3 top the list:

  1. Save while sampling wines – Most wine flights or tastings are free with your passport membership.
  2. Big savings when purchasing bottles or cases of wine – Save from 10% and even up to 20% when buying wine and some wineries offer members free shipping. 
  3. A great guide to exploring Willamette Valley wineries – Those new to Oregon Wine Country can use their passport as a place to start a wine tasting journey. While veterans might find new places. 

The Oregon Wine Passport will take you all over the beautiful Willamette Valley of Oregon and to many quaint towns and cities. With over 20 member inns, the Bed and Breakfasts of Yamhill County offers wonderful accommodations throughout the Willamette Valley. Find the perfect place by location or by special amenities to make your wine tasting vacation unforgettable.

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Plan Now For Oregon Wine Country’s Fall Harvest

Plan Now for Oregon Wine Country’s Fall Harvest

red grape on the vine on sunny day during fall harvestThe fall harvest frenzy and excitement has begun in Oregon Wine Country. Talented winemakers of the Willamette Valley work tirelessly to harvest and ferment the grapes at peak ripeness. While the hard labor of these exhausting days keep the vineyards busy, they still make time for visitors. Some wineries offer behind the scenes tours where guests learn more about the fall harvest process. Once all the careful planning is done and the new wine is safely in its barrels, the parties begin. Wineries host elaborate harvest dinners, special reserve tasting events, and even a spectacular bike tour through the beautiful autumn colors of the valley. Join the celebration and creation of the new vintages. Stay at one of the over 20 member Inns of Bed and Breakfasts of Yamhill County. Find your perfect accommodations and location within a premier wine destination and maker of the world’s finest Pinot Noir. 

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Book Now For The Art Harvest Studio Tour In Yamhill County

Book Now for the Art Harvest Studio Tour in Yamhill County

Vineyard in Oregon on a foggy day in fall seasonThe artists of Yamhill County, inspired by the scenic beauty of Oregon Wine Country, share their creations during the Art Harvest Studio Tour. More than 30 accomplished artists invite visitors to experience  “The artful way to explore Oregon’s Wine Country.” Set your own pace during this self-guided studio tour through 5 towns. This wonderful event happens over two weekends in October, the 4th to 6th and the 11th to 13th. Add some wine tasting and great dining and you have the perfect Willamette Valley Wine getaway. Find the ideal Bed and Breakfast for a wonderful art and wine vacation. Bed and Breakfasts of Yamhill County have over 20 member inns. Choose from these tranquil retreats, in beautiful locations all over the Willamette Valley. Book your fall getaway today for an artful escape to Oregon Wine Country.

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Unique Wine Tasting Experiences In Yamhill County

Unique Wine Tasting Experiences in Yamhill County

Unique Wine Tasting Experiences in Oregon's Willamette ValleyWhen visiting the scenic wineries of Yamhill County in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, beautiful views, excellent wines and welcoming tasting rooms are all expected. However, some wineries offer up pretty unique wine tasting experiences to pair with a glass of Oregon wine. Throughout the year wineries host special dinners and concerts, while their event calendars also include some more unusual activities from painting classes and yoga to stargazing and blind tastings. Expand your wine tasting experiences with something new when touring Oregon Wine Country this summer or fall.

Like a flight of wonderful wines, the Bed and Breakfasts of Yamhill County offer visitors a choice of outstanding accommodations. Our 20 member inns have a wide range of amenities to suit your personal needs and preferences. Find the perfect accommodation for an unforgettable getaway to Oregon’s premier wine destination.

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Wine Tours To Try In Oregon This Summer

Wine Tours to Try in Oregon This Summer

Wine tours to try in Oregon This SummerJoin a tour this summer when visiting Oregon Wine Country, and enjoy a relaxing wine tasting experience. Let a knowledgeable guide take care of all the planning and transportation while you discover the fascinating Willamette Valley Wine community. You have your choice between private or group tours, with many wineries even offer wine tasting classes for all types of wine consumers. Make your lodging choices just as stress-free, and browse the over 20 members of the Bed and Breakfasts of Yamhill County. We offer premium accommodations in six cities ranging from quaint cottages to grand estates. Search the inns by multiple amenities and find your perfect wine tasting summer retreat. 

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Day Trips From Oregon’s Wine Country

Day Trips From Oregon’s Wine Country

Day Trips from Oregon's Wine CountryIn addition to sampling spectacular wines, an Oregon Wine Country vacation also offers plenty of exciting day trips. Explore more of the gorgeous Willamette Valley scenery on hikes to magical waterfalls and through serene forests. Spend a relaxing day at a fascinating museum or beautiful botanical garden. The dramatic Oregon coastline is also an easy drive from Yamhill County.

A glass of the world’s best Pinot Noir will be waiting for you when you return to your Bed and Breakfast. Oregon Wine Inns, with over 20 member Bed and Breakfasts, offers guests the choice of the best accommodations with every amenity. The long, spectacular summer days are on the horizon. Now’s the time to book a long getaway filled with excellent wine, great food and wonderful adventures.

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Best Restaurants In Willamette Valley

Best Restaurants in Willamette Valley

Best Restaurants in Willamette ValleyIt’s natural that the Willamette Valley, known for award-winning wines, would also have a wealth of excellent restaurants. After all, wine perfectly paired with a superb meal is one of life’s greatest pleasures. This creative and diverse restaurant scene has grown from the same fertile soil that nourishes the acres of vineyards.

Not only did the winemaking valley attract talented chefs, but farmers as well. This partnership created a thriving food culture with some of the best restaurants found in the Northwest. The choice of cuisine is globally inspired but locally sourced, with settings from elegant multi-course meals to quick gourmet bites between wine tastings. Whatever dining experience you choose, the outstanding pinot noirs will taste even better alongside an amazing meal.

When planning an vacation to Oregon’s Willamette Valley, you will find the perfect lodging at the Bed and Breakfasts of Yamhill County. Our association has over 20 member Inns and Bed and Breakfasts in the Willamette Valley. Search by location or special amenities, and book your wine and foodie getaway to Oregon Wine Country this spring.

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Come Explore The Wineries Of Dundee Hills

Come Explore the Wineries of Dundee Hills

Wineries of Dundee HillsThis spring, come discover the roots of Oregon Wine Country while exploring the wineries of Dundee Hills. Back in 1965, David Lett probably didn’t know he was pioneering the Willamette Valley wine industry, but when he chose the Dundee Hills to plant the first Pinot Noir, it turns out he launched what is now known worldwide as a vibrant winemaking community.

The world really started to notice when his Pinot Noir beat more established French labels in the Gault-Millau French Wine Olympiades. Other winemaking trailblazers in the Willamette Valley included the Sokol Blosser and Erath family. Eyrie Vineyard, Sokol Blosser, and Erath all have welcoming tasting rooms. Visit all three wineries while touring the Dundee Hills, and taste the origins of Oregon wine this spring. 

You may come to the Dundee Hills to taste the world-class wines, but while you’re here you’ll enjoy the views of rolling vineyards and distant mountain peaks. This area also benefits from residing in a rain shadow, creating a dryer, sunnier climate; an enjoyable place to be in an otherwise rainy northwest spring. The Bed and Breakfasts of Yamhill County make an Oregon wine getaway easy to plan. With over 20 member bed and breakfasts, visitors will find the perfect fit for their ideal vacation. There are several beautiful Inns within the Dundee Hills area, each perfect for a wine tasting getaway. Find your favorite Inn, and book your getaway today!

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Come Experience Cellar Season At Oregon Bed And Breakfasts

Come Experience Cellar Season at Oregon Bed and Breakfasts

Cellar Season at Oregon Bed and BreakfastThe quiet Cellar Season has begun in the mist covered Willamette Valley. Young wines from the Fall harvest rest in their barrels, while they undergo their transformation into what will be the new exciting vintages enjoyed throughout the coming year. Cellar season also happens to be the perfect time to explore Oregon’s top tasting rooms, without the hassle of summer’s big crowds. It’s this time of year when the talented winemakers can linger over flights with guests, enjoying the fruits of their hard labor. These cooler days are also the coziest time to visit the warm and welcoming Yamhill County wineries, which offer a welcome respite from the drizzly cold weather outside. After sampling excellent Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris or Riesling wines, return to a tranquil Oregon Bed and Breakfast. Oregon Wine Inns has over 20 member Inns, all located in wine country. Browse the Bed and Breakfasts by location or the amenities needed for your ideal wine tasting getaway, choose your favorite, then book your getaway to Oregon’s Wine Country today.

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