There are some searches that take over a man. Some ideas that grab him by the neck and don’t let go. For me, it’s always been that elusive culprit that goes by the street name of Terroir. He’s there lurking in the diurnal shifts of … [Read more]
“With 200 wineries within a 30-minute drive it’s tough to decide on where to taste… As we gazed over acres of vineyards, heard nothing but songbirds, and tucked into our picnic with a gorgeous Pinot noir, all was right with the world.”
Thanks to Jane Mundy at the Vancouver Sun for this fun piece on taking your … [Read more]
Most visitors head straight for the tasting room at Winter’s Hill Estate Winery, a boutique family operation set in a protected hill deep in the Red Hills viticulture area. But today, I’m headed with owner Emily Gladhart past the din and churn of a just-started harvest into the woods: A native oak savanna flush … [Read more]
“You don’t know anyone there, yet you feel like you know everyone. This is the overall vibe of McMinnville, a 1900s throwback town bursting with personality—and great Pinot.
Nestled in the heart of Oregon wine country, McMinnville is home to over 35,000 warmhearted characters from all walks of life, and over 200 award-winning wineries that … [Read more]
“Drive … to McMinnville, Willamette’s most bustling wine town…”
We couldn’t agree more! Check out Ray Isle’s full suggested itinerary and McMinnville spots not to miss at his piece in Food & Wine here.
Small towns slay the sweaty summer doldrums. Don’t believe me? In Oregon wine country, it’s actually possible to fill all those late sunsets with every kind of party and none of the hassle.
With a scene set for late-night strolls, nightlife that is just … [Read more]
It’s Wednesday morning at 7:30am, the day is already heating up and the air is full of the smell of warm grass. My employee and I are filling wash tubs in the still-chilly barn and counting out twist ties, preparing to start harvest for the … [Read more]
Enjoy the summertime pull of Oregon’s small towns – McMinnville made the list! Thanks, Thrillist, for the mention.
“McMinnville’s well-preserved brick structures built between 1885 and 1912 add an element of small-town charm not found elsewhere. And the Historic District will be your go-to for all of your said charm finding needs…” Read the full … [Read more]
Date nights are overrated. The dinner prep for the kids, the meticulous primping, the guilt of staying out somewhere even though it’s 8:37 p.m. and I am begging to go home already.
You know what’s better?
Day dates. Actually doing something with long-term partners that … [Read more]
Most horses can sense your relative ease or total incompetence and will carry you accordingly, but Gracie isn’t one of those horses. A chestnut-colored, flat-shod Tennessee walking horse who has been carrying visitors into the Dundee Hills AVA for over a decade, she’s got the … [Read more]
If you’re looking for a romantic setting for a wedding, then one in wine country makes perfect sense. I’m planning my wedding abroad in the fall but being so far away from where all your wedding vendors are can sometimes lead to missing out on learning about the little details. I spent the day with … [Read more]
“Even serious enophiles describe Oregon wines with one word: Willamette. And one grape: Pinot Noir. It’s understandable. The Pinots produced in places like McMinnville and Dundee are among the very best in the world. The beauty of the Willamette Valley is that you can get lost on the backcountry roads but always find a good … [Read more]
Special tasting experiences where the fees are donated 100% to a local charity
Willamette Valley, Oregon: Who are we and what is this tasting loop? We are a small group of wineries where the family are both the owners and the winemakers, who have joined together to offer special ‘in the loop’ tasting experiences to benefit charity. … [Read more]
This recipe has been in my family since my kids started going to school. I tend to whip it out a few days before the fortuitous calamity of Spring Break takes hold: one week of no-school, with its free-form days, lingering cabin fever and dreary, unpredictable Oregon … [Read more]
Art is often thought of as stationary – paintings, sculptures, statues. But of course, it is often much more experiential (think literary readings, dance, or live theater), and can be more of a direct interaction between the artist and the individual experiencing the art.
Travel and art share a lot in common. Traveling to a new … [Read more]
Locally-Owned, Oregon-Inspired Luxury Hotel to be Built in Downtown McMinnville
36-Room, full-service hotel set to open in Spring 2018
Strolling solves everything
Walking through McMinnville at this time of year is like strolling a tunnel of love and light. Everything’s all sparkly, dark and sweet, and there is this feeling in the air that everyone around you has made it their task to give it the … [Read more]
“There is no shortage of beautiful places to stay in Oregon wine country. Dozens of B&Bs dot the hills of Willamette Valley, classy hotels rule the cities, … [Read more]
The Oregon Wine Press features McMinnville as the heart of Oregon Wine Country in this piece by Ryan Stevens:
“Wine aficionados, beer lovers and foodies alike have discovered a farm-to-table pilgrimage destination in McMinnville. Home to a bounty of tasting rooms and wine bars, serious breweries — yes, there are three — gourmet restaurants and … [Read more]
“We just launched the McMinnville wine walk, where you get a passport from a participating vineyard or VisitMcMinnville.com, and it gives you a map and the opportunity to walk and try various wineries … [Read more]
Portland, Ore. (November 10, 2016) – Today, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, an esteemed, internationally-recognized wine publication for oenophiles, announced Oregon’s Willamette Valley as its 2016 Wine Region of the Year for its annual Wine Star Awards.
The Wine Star Awards are viewed as some of the most influential in the wine industry. Each year since 2000, the … [Read more]
Thanksgiving Weekend is a special time in McMinnville. Wineries open their doors with special wines and offerings, restaurants offer seasonal dishes, retail shops celebrate the season, and did we mention the day-after-Thanksgiving parade with Santa?
Below are McMinnville area winery events during Thanksgiving Weekend (for more details on events and special offerings, click on the … [Read more]
SAVE-THE-DATE FOR THE 12TH ANNUAL OREGON TRUFFLE FESTIVAL, BRINGING CULINARY THOUGHT LEADERS TO THE WILLAMETTE VALLEY THIS WINTER
The premiere celebration of native truffles in the U.S. will host Harold McGee and … [Read more]
Thanks to Erin from BakeryBingo.com for checking out the McMinnville Wine Walk:
“I was blown away by how many tasting rooms there are. They’ve got more than 20 all within walking distance of the downtown area. Turns out my preconceived notion that tasting rooms are boring and not that pretty is very wrong…” … [Read more]
Lush Life: Mixing with Wine – Wine Cocktails that Go Beyond the Spritzer
“…wine cocktails can taste as complex as those made with hard liquor—even the derided spritzer has its place (it’s widespread in hot European countries). Wine purists who cry that such concoctions degrade the integrity of the … [Read more]
Summertime and the livin’ is easy – or at least, a little more lax than normal, especially in McMinnville, the heart of Oregon wine country. Skip out of that Friday staff meeting, make your lodging reservations, and hit the road. McMinnville’s fine dining, award winning wineries, and fantastic shopping along … [Read more]
10 Small Cities with World-Class Food Scenes
“The cities on this list — all with populations of fewer than 100,000 — prove that you don’t need silly things like “public transit” and “the need to lock your door at night” … [Read more]
Things to do in McMinnville this Summer. You won’t want to miss these top McMinnville Events!
Summer in the Heart of Oregon Wine Country means just one thing: it’s time to hop in the car and get down to McMinnville, Oregon (less than an hour SW of Portland)! You’ll find plenty of things to do including delectable … [Read more]
Bounty of Yamhill County (BOYC) is more than just a three-day food and wine show — it’s a culinary celebration of our vibrant community of famous wineries, celebrated chefs, and sustainable family farms in the McMinnville, Oregon area happening every August. In 2015, Bounty of Yamhill County placed #2 in USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ … [Read more]
Brunching in the Pacific NW is basically a new sporting event, if you’ve ever had to face the throngs of crowds that gather early on weekend mornings at restaurants in cities like Portland and Seattle. But we all know that a game of patience is not easily played on an uncaffeinated brain or empty stomach. … [Read more]
Explore The Recently-Launched Willamette Valley to Walla Walla Wine Trail
Rachel Signer of Food & Wine Magazine recommends her top spots and events in McMinnville, Oregon:
Standout Restaurants in Willamette Valley Wine Country
Mattie John Bamman recommends his top picks for outstanding places to eat in McMinnville and the surrounding area. Congrats to the restaurants in McMinnville who made this list!
“With one of the greatest fine wine regions in the world less than an hour away, it’d be kinda lame to ignore it, … [Read more]
There’s no question that McMinnville Oregon is a destination for wine lovers looking to situate themselves in the middle of Pinot noir paradise, but can one live on wine alone? (Answer: of course!) But, for those in need of a change of pace, McMinnville has some other top drinks that aren’t of the wine kind:
Craft Cocktails & … [Read more]
Sip! McMinnville Food & Wine Classic Now over twenty years running, Sip! Wine and Food Classic draws over 100 wineries, breweries, distilleries, food vendors, artists, craftspeople and makers from all over Oregon under one grand roof at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum. We all know McMinnville, Oregon is in the … [Read more]
Wineries, aircraft and “Oregon’s favorite main street”
John Gottberg Anderson takes a two-day road trip leaving the outdoor adventure town of Bend, Oregon for the verdant wine country of McMinnville, Oregon. Follow his itinerary for his top picks for places to stay, eat and wine taste in McMinnville in this article: Northwest Travel: Exploring McMinnville
“Here’s how I … [Read more]
One thing every Oregonian (and visitor to Oregon) should know – we never let a little liquid sunshine get us down! Spring is a lovely time of year to visit McMinnville, Oregon and with so many things to do in McMinnville like events, shopping, wine tasting, and other activities you certainly won’t find yourself twiddling your … [Read more]
McMinnville Restaurants, A Delicious Dining Destination
Most people think of McMinnville as an incredible destination for wine tasting in Oregon – and it certainly is! But the city is also an outstanding hub for some of Oregon’s best restaurants. It’s no secret that people visit McMinnville just to eat (and drink our famous pinot!) No matter what you’re hungry … [Read more]
- Wine Tasting Two-Step – Stroll, skip and sip at 18 different wineries and wine tasting rooms in downtown McMinnville on foot.
- Oregon’s Only Indoor Waterpark – Accelerate down waterslides built around a parked Boeing 747 jumbo jet.
- Award-Winning Historic Downtown – Voted America’s Best Main Street, McMinnville’s darling downtown beat out more than 2,000 nominated main streets from across … [Read more]
Is 72 hours in McMinnville long enough to get a taste of this charmer of a town? Never. 1859 magazine explores for three days in McMinnville, Oregon and get more things to do than they bargained for.
“Named after the Tennessee hometown of its founder, William T. Newby, McMinnville has become known for UFOs, food and wine. … [Read more]
We’re definitely not the only ones who think road cycling around Oregon wine country for a weekend in McMinnville is pretty awesome. The Cycle Oregon blog rolls through McMinnville, Oregon for a weekend in wine country and tells you why multiple visits are looking to be all but mandatory.
“McMinnville and the surrounding area is a great … [Read more]
A day spent strolling through McMinnville’s historic main street in downtown (known as Third Street) has been described as “magical”. So it comes as no surprise that the city of McMinnville’s Third Street made the top five great streets in America list, which is one more accolade to add to its long list of reasons why McMinnville is a charming town to visit for … [Read more]
Zagat, the notable restaurant review source, names several McMinnville restaurants and a small-batch craft distillery in their list of “8 Reasons to Drive to Oregon’s Wine Country” article.
McMinnville, Oregon was featured as a runner-up of the best “medium-sized” towns in the West to live in by Sunset Magazine.
“It’s the gateway to the Willamette Valley wine country. But McMinnville, about 50 miles southwest of Portland, has even more going for it than prize-winning Pinot Noirs. (Linfield College here plays host to the renowned International Pinot Noir Celebration.) Along … [Read more]
McMinnville Restaurants Featured in “18 Restaurants You Have To Visit in Oregon Before You Die” Article
Not one, but three McMinnville restaurants made the bucket list of places you must eat before you die. Make plans to dine at Community Plate, Pura Vida Cocina, and Thistle — The Oregonian crowned Thistle as restaurant of the … [Read more]
McMinnville serves as terrific home base for area travels in Oregon’s beautiful Willamette Valley. Here’s what you can find in each direction:
West: The Oregon Coast offers breathtaking vistas of pounding waves, talented artists and even pods of gray whales when the timing is right.
North: Oregon’s largest city, Portland can be found in about an hour’s … [Read more]
No visit to McMinnville would be complete without stopping in to at least one winery tasting room. After all, there are dozens to choose from, so you’ll never know what you’ll find. Check out our wineries page to acquaint yourself with some of the options, or start by learning more about the different … [Read more]
If the places to explore, drink wine and fine-dine on a daily basis in McMinnville, Oregon aren’t enough to keep you busy for days, there also are dozens of community events that happen throughout the year.
Most people know about the UFO festival that happens in May, but here are some other fun … [Read more]