• Youngberg Hill Vineyards and Inn

    High atop the rolling hills at the edge of McMinnville is Youngberg Hill Vineyards and Inn. Not only is the tasting room best enjoyed while taking in the breathtaking view surrounding it, the inn is lovely place to stay overnight. Youngberg Hill was created in 1989 by Nicolette and Wayne Bailey, who use organic farming practices to this day. All these years later, Wayne is the vineyard manager and winemaker while Nicolette manages the inn and oversees the many special events that take place there each year. Youngberg’s chief claims to fame are its Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris varieties, which may be enjoyed in the tasting room from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

  • Naked Winery

    Naked Winery is a force. With vineyards all over Oregon and Washington, the Hood River-based winery likes to bring a little tease to its tasting rooms. The winery produces a number of reds and whites as well as some sweet wines and even a collection of sparkling wines. The reds include Pinot Noir and Barbera, and the white offerings range from Chardonnay to Muscat. There’s even a line of Outdoor Vino that comes in a plastic bottle. NW’s tasting room in McMinnville, Oregon is the latest outpost for the Gorge winery, and visitors can find at least eight Naked wines to sample. It’s open from noon to 7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, noon to 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays.

  • Westrey Wine Company

    Westrey, founded in 1993, focuses on the “big three” of varietals for Oregon wine country: Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay. The winemaking process is a collaboration between Amy Wesselman and David Autrey, who use fruit from three area vineyards to create sophisticated, food-friendly wines. The grapevines all are planted at different elevations and they each have different ages, a combination that gives Autrey and Wesselman complex flavors to work with. With both single-varietals and single-vineyard wines on offer, Westrey Wine Company is at the top of its craft.

  • Winderlea McMinnville Tasting Room

    If you looked up “boutique winery” in the dictionary, you might find a photo of Winderlea founders Bill Sweat and Donna Morris on the page. The pair, originally from Boston, have staged a second career in Oregon as winemakers who focus on small batches of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay that’s crafted with limited intervention. In fact, the entire Winderlea staff is made up of transplants. One is from South Carolina, another is from Arizona and one is even from Scotland! You can meet some of these adopted Oregonians at the Winderlea tasting room, which it shares in Downtown McMinnville with Brittan Vineyards. It’s open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

  • Maysara Winery

    Since 1997, the Momtazi family, led by native-Iranians Moe and Flora, has nurtured the vines and vast acreage that supply fruit for Maysara. The pair have three daughters who also fill important roles at the winery, plus they have created their own small label. Maysara Winery offers several top-notch Oregon Pinot Noirs as well as a Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris. Visitors can even find a sparkling rosé. The winemaking happens in a gigantic building that pairs beautiful stonework with warm wood and some of the biggest doors you’ve ever seen! Tasting room hours vary by season, but from November to May the hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

  • Brittan Vineyards

    Veteran winemaker and Pinot Noir devoté Robert Brittan harnesses the distinct taste that comes from grapes planted at the base of the Coast Range. A Napa Valley transplant, Brittan focuses on this varietal and the many flavors it can provide based on the soil the vines call home. Starting with the 2006 crop, he’s been creating elegant Pinots that display the same intensity as he brings to his job; in recent years Brittan has added Chardonnay and Syrah to the repertoire. Brittan Vineyards’ tasting room in the Granary District is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Monday and by appointment at other times.

  • Ransom Wine Co. & Distillery Tasting Room

    It’s not often that a winery is born out of a distillery parentage, but then again, Ransom is unique in many ways. Tad Seestedt founded Ransom Spirits in 1997 and initially crafted grappa and brandy. A few years later, the winemaking portion of the business bloomed with a few small-batch offerings. Through the years, Ransom has added gin, vodka, whisky and vermouth to the lineup. Visitors to McMinnville, Oregon can enjoy the full range of Ransom’s creations at the new tasting room on Third Street. Sample wine and spirits, or the staff would be happy to whip up a signature cocktail featuring Ransom’s distilled delights. The spot is open Thursday & Sunday 11am-5pm; Friday & Saturday 11am-7pm.

  • Yamhill Valley Vineyards

    Holding the honor of being the oldest vineyard in the McMinnville AVA, Yamhill Valley Vineyards’ first vintage was bottled in 1983. Founders Denis Burger, Elaine McCall and David Hinrichs have literally build their vineyard from the ground up. Even the majestic iron gates that open for visitors speak to the legacy that this area pioneer has established. Yamhill Valley Vineyards’ main favorites are Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay and a semi-sweet Riesling. For decades the winery’s creations have won awards across the globe, and guests are welcome to enjoy a flight from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

  • Biggio Hamina Cellars

    Winemaker Todd Hamina has touted the properties of terroir throughout his 20+ years in the wine business, and he brings his low-interference approach to all the wines he creates. The unfiltered offerings at Biggio Hamina (named for Todd and his wife, Caroline Biggio) range from Pinot Noir to Riesling and rosé, all of which may be sampled in a private tasting with Hamina himself with advance notice. Watch the winery’s Facebook page for notice of impromptu or seasonal tasting sessions.

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